Hyundai has unveiled the i20 Sport special edition model with a powerful engine in Germany. While it's still early days, the hot-hatch might make its way to India as well to go up against the speculated Maruti Suzuki Baleno variant which is equipped with a peppier engine and was spotted testing in Kochi in Kerala recently.
Developed at Hyundai's German technical centre in Russelsheim, the Kappa T-GDI engine in the Hyundai i20 Sport is a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine is equipped with a single-scroll turbo and delivers 120bhp of power and 172Nm of torque.
The more powerful Baleno variant also has similar specs in terms of its engine - a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged Boosterjet petrol motor which develops 110bhp of power and 170Nm of torque. The hatchback is likely to come with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Moving on to some of the i20 Sport's features, the car is a 5-door hatch with 18-inch wheels and a 20mm lowered suspension. The car will come exclusively, at least in Germany, in a Polar White paint job with contrasting blue decals. Notable aerodynamic improvements include new side skirts, a rear spoiler, and a new diffuser for the rear bumper with an integrated chrome exhaust pipe.
Standard equipment in the i20 Sport includes intelligent key, push-button start, projector headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, a greyish-blue interior, etc.
Sales of the Hyundai i20 Sport in Germany will begin from the spring of 2016 onwards with prices starting from 19,990 Euros ( ₹ 14.5 lakh approx.).
Until now, the most powerful i20 model from Hyundai was the i20 N Sport, which is equipped with a 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated engine, producing 115bhp of power and 160Nm of torque.