2022 Hyundai Kona N Unwrapped

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
2022 hyundai kona n unwrapped

Hyundai rolled out the 2022 Kona N yesterday at its N Day, a digital showcase for the N brand. The latest N brand inclusion, Hyundai’s N and N Line will grow to 18 models through 2022. Hyundai expresses its ambition for the brand with the tagline ‘Never just drive’.

The Kona N has a 2.0 liter, turbocharged GDI engine, and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (N DCT). The N DCT is claimed to be a more durable version of Hyundai’s 8DCT. Faster shifting and unique gear ratios are what’s inside. N Grin Shift (NGS), N Power Shift (NPS), and N Track Sense Shift (NTS) are its transmission-shift modes.

Two-hundred and seventy-six horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque are on tap with N Grin Shift, and the N’s max goes to 286 hp. The Kona N maxes out at 149 mph and will go 0-62 mph (100 kilometers for the metrically-minded) in 5.5 seconds with launch control activated. Its curb weight is 3,340 pounds.

N’s corner-carving differential is the electronic limited-slip diff (E-LSD) that controls torque distribution. Kona N runs 19-inch forged wheels with performance brakes and tires. N Grin, launch control, and the variable exhaust system are standard on base-level Kona Ns. N Grin has Eco, Normal, Sport, N, and Custom driving modes. These modes adjust engine operating parameters, electronic stability control (ESC), exhaust sound, and steering.

Inside the Kona N, there’s a 10-inch Nfotainment system with a heads-up display (HUD) for the gamer in you. The infotainment system is not yet N-designated. The N mode design adds digitized elements, lap times, and N track maps to help you if you actually take the Kona N to the raceway.

There are also widgets to max out your fun and entertainment, at least to the degree you can enjoy yourself while behind the wheel. There are also N-brand color accents, seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and pedals.

Body-colored fenders and the N-specific wheels elevate the Kona N’s appearance. A new N exclusive color, sonic blue, contrasts the N red accent color. An N front lip, double-wing spoiler, and side skirts are styling accents that double as performance enhancements.

Take the front bumper’s shape, said to provide hot lap engine cooling. Or the roof spoiler, which enhances downforce no doubt for added traction.

An update from Hyundai said the Kona N will be available in the 4th quarter. What we didn’t get was the price it will sell for when it does hit showrooms. Given how information has come from the automaker in dribs and drabs, it figures. Maybe there’ll be yet another post, or will we move on to something else that’s new and shiny?

[Images: Hyundai]

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Apr 28, 2021

    N means No. In sense that I do not need sporty SUV. Especially with crappy DCT and dubious Hyudai/Kia/Daewoo quality.

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    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Apr 29, 2021

      @bd2 Like self-destroying engines? Honda did that too?

  • Sentience Sentience on Apr 29, 2021

    Tall guy observation: HUDs are a god send, should be an option for all cars. Depending on make/model, the combination of steering wheel angle, sun cowl, and seating position means my eyes have either have an obstructed view, or long travel distance between the road, and down into the gauge cluster. Having a little hud pip clear of the dash makes life so much easier.

  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.
  • Sgeffe There's someone around where I live who has a recent WRX-STi, but the few times I've been behind this guy, he's always driving right at the underposted arbitrary numbers that some politician pulled out of their backside and slapped on a sign! With no gendarmes or schoolkids present! Haven't been behind this driver on the freeway, but my guess is that he does the left lane police thing with the best of 'em!What's the point of buying such a vehicle if you're never going to exceed a speed limit? (And I've pondered that whilst in line in the left lane at 63mph behind a couple of Accord V6s, as well as an AMG E-Klasse!)
  • Mebgardner I'm not the market for a malleable Tuner / Track model, so I dont know: If you are considering a purchase of one of these, do you consider the Insurance Cost Of Ownership aspect? Or just screw it, I'm gonna buy it no matter.The WRX is at the top of the Insurance Cost pole for tuner models, is why I ask.