The five-door Hyundai i20 Sport has been launched in Germany, powered by a new small-capacity turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
Developed in-house by Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder was first announced last year.
Also produced in a low-power specification (with 74kW), in the new Hyundai i20 Sport, the direct injection Kappa T-GDI engine outputs 88kW of power at 6000rpm and 172Nm of torque at 1500rpm.
Due to go on sale exclusively in Germany from March, the i20 Sport is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission, and should claim around 5.0-5.2 litres per 100km on fuel consumption and a 10.3-second 0-100km/h time.
Not a model bound for Australia, the i20 Sport will be priced from 19,990 euro ($30,400).
Helping the sporty South Korean look the part are 18-inch, 16-spoke OZ alloy wheels; 20mm lower suspension; a mild body kit; grey bonnet and wheel arch decals; and blue accents on the front lip, door bottoms, door frames, wing mirrors, and under a rear spoiler. A black rear diffuser, chrome-tipped exhaust and ‘i20 Sport’ door decals complete the package.
Hyundai Australia public relations manager Guido Schenken told CarAdvice today, “The European i20 is always under evaluation for Australia, but with the current business climate it doesn’t work for us".
Despite the last shipment of i20s arriving into Australia in August last year, the Accent (10,912) only outsold the i20 (9930) by 982 units for the year just gone. This aside, the local division remains confident that at $14,990, the 74kW/133Nm 1.4-litre Accent “can do the job and pick up the slack [of the i20’s exit] in the light-car segment”.
Before the debut of the new Hyundai i20 Sport, the most powerful i20 model doing the rounds in Europe was the naturally aspirated 1.4-litre i20 N Sport released late last year with 85kW and 160Nm.
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