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Hyundai announces prices for high-performance Kona N

Date: 21 July 2021   |   Author: Simon Harris

Hyundai's new range-topping Kona N will be priced from £33,595 with a P11D value of £33,995 making it substantially higher, but also more powerful than, the Ford Puma ST.

The 280hp Kona N (the Puma ST offers 200hp) offers all performance enhancements and and equipment as standard, with the only optional extra is a range of metallic, pearlescent and special paint finishes.

The Kona N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged GDI engine with an eight-speed dual-clutch N DCT transmission. The transmission - upgraded over the standard DCT - allows for three distinctive driving modes.

N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90% of throttle, mitigating any reduction in torque during upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. When NPS is used while the Launch Control function is active, the Kona N can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.

N Grin Shift (NGS) maximises engine and DCT performance for 20 seconds, directly shifting down to the most appropriate gear and delivers maximum performance with one press of the NGS button. After the "boost" has ended, drivers must wait at least 40 seconds to use it again. Meanwhile, N Track Sense Shift (NTS) optimises gearshifts for racetrack driving, helping the driver to focus more on steering. Based on motorsport data combined with the driver's behaviour, the car selects the right gear and shift timing during track driving to provide optimal performance.

It is also equipped with electronically controlled suspension, allowing drivers push a button to select the vehicle's response for a variety of driving situations,

Features such as wireless device charging, parking sensors and reversing camera, smart key, adaptive cruise control and a Krell eight-speaker premium audio system also come as standard.

Safety features included as standard include autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, blindspot warning, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

Ashley Andrew, managing director, Hyundai Motor UK said: "In a short space of time the Hyundai N brand has developed a fiercely loyal and enthusiastic following for its dedication to performance as well as usability. KONA N follows in the footsteps of i30 N and i20 N by delivering a driving experience that, we believe, is more thrilling than any competitors and, as confirmed by this latest announcement, at a price that represents extremely good value for money."