A hot version of the Kona subcompact SUV is coming, as evidenced by a camouflaged prototype at the Nürburgring sporting some performance upgrades.
Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann in early 2018 revealed he had already tasked his engineers with starting work on a potential Kona N in order to persuade senior management to give the vehicle the green light for production. We guess they were convinced.
The engineers have fitted this prototype with a dual-tip exhaust system, upgraded brakes with red calipers, and new openings in the front fascia.
2022 Hyundai Kona N spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
The Kona N is expected to benefit from the same powertrain and chassis upgrades that existing Hyundai N models like the Veloster N and i30 N have received. At the top of the list would be the tuner’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 which at present offers outputs ranging from 246…