What's The Difference Between Hyundai N And N Line Models? We Explain

Hyundai N and N Line are two completely different divisions of cars that improve the aesthetic and mechanics of the daily driver cars to add fun to regular use.
Hyundai i20 N Rear Badge Times Drive

Hyundai i20 N

Hyundai, the South Korean automobile giant, is making several changes to comply with environmental regulations worldwide. As a part of this process, the company has decided to discontinue the cars with the N performance badge in the European markets. This move from the brand has initiated discussions where the terms 'N' and 'N Line' are being thrown around, often interchangeably. However, these badges are significantly different and represent completely distinct types of cars. In this article, we will explain the nomenclature and unique qualities that these badges bring to the cars.

High-Performance History Of 'N'

The story of Hyundai's high-performance N brand is relatively new when compared to other brands like Mercedes AMG, BMW M, Audi RS, and Volkswagen R. Specifically, the badge was born in 2012 with the series of events beginning in the brand's Namyang R&D center. At the time, the South Korean automaker assembled a team of car enthusiasts to develop high-performance cars.
Down the line in 2012, Hyundai presented the i20 WRC concept car at the Paris Motor Show and announced its participation in the World Rally Championship (WRC). It marked the beginning of a new era for the South Korean giant and led to the establishment of the Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG) in Europe. Out of the efforts of the team, the i20 WRC race car was born and showcased at the Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai WRC Car Times Drive
Hyundai WRC Car
The brand then revealed its 'N' logo with the 2014 i20 WRC. Following this, the Hyundai WRC team made its debut at Rallye Monte Carlo and recorded its first victory at the Rally Deutschland. However, the final piece of the puzzle was not yet in place. Before launching the final N brand, Hyundai's team worked on an RM series of cars.
The N brand took its final shape after the Hyundai Motor Company brought together a team consisting of Albert Biermann, the person who led the development of BMW’s high-performance cars, Klaus K?ster, a former member of Mercedes AMG, and more such enthusiasts.
Hyundai i20 N Times Drive
Hyundai i20 N

High-Performance N Cars

The high-performance N models in the present scenario are represented by i20 N, i30 N, and i30 Fastback N currently on sale in Europe. These cars are the culmination of the brand's learnings fitted on a daily-use vehicle. Hence, they have the basic characteristics that come with the DNA i.e., fast around corners, improved suspension, electric steering, bucket seats, and more. These are the perfect match for people looking for the thrill of a sports car for a daily driver with superior mechanics.
Hyundai i20 N Line Times Drive
Hyundai i20 N Line

N Line Cars

The N Line vehicles add an extra trim level to the existing Hyundai cars. For instance, the Indian market has Venue N Line, i20 N Line, and the upcoming Creta N Line. This version of the car gets aesthetic upgrades that make it stand out from the lot. Furthermore, the brand slightly tweaks the mechanics of the car to improve its handling. However, these changes are not implemented in every model.

i20 N vs i20 N Line: Powertrain Differences

Hyundai i20 N, currently on sale in Europe is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged GDi engine paired to a 6-speed MT. This power unit can generate 202 bhp of power and 275 Nm of peak torque. Additionally, the car is equipped with a limited split differential for power transfer. Whereas, the i20 N Line, on sale in India is sold with a 1.0-litre turbocharged GDi petrol with a 7-speed DCT which produces 118 bhp of power and is paired to either a 7-speed DCT or 6-speed MT.
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