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Hyundai Motor Company unveils'Kona N'for the first time in the world
Expected to broaden choices for customers seeking high performance
[The story of the case / Reporter Moon Hong-cheol] = Hyundai Motor Company held a “Hyundai N Day” event online on the 27th and unveiled “Kona N” for the first time in the world.
Kona N is Hyundai Motor's first high-performance SUV model, and is expected to expand the range of choices for customers seeking high performance by adding a model with the practicality of an SUV to the existing N brand lineup.
Albert Beerman, President of Hyundai Motors R&D Division, said, "N is driving the performance of mass-produced cars through Hyundai Motor's high-performance technology. We will continue to challenge and develop in line with the needs of customers who want high performance in the future."
Hyundai Motor's first high-performance SUV, agile movement reminiscent of a hot hatch
Hyundai Motor Company has equipped the Kona N with a 2.0 liter turbo GDI engine. It is characterized by applying a 52mm turbine wheel with a diameter of 5mm increased compared to the previous one and a turbine flow path of 12.5㎟ with an area increased by 2.5㎟ and improving the engine's performance and durability at the same time by improving the shape and material of the cylinder block.
In addition, while the existing engines reached their maximum output at about 6000rpm, the Kona N engine applied the flat power characteristic, which maintains the maximum output from about 5500rpm, for the first time by Hyundai Motor Company. This allowed the Kona N's potential to be widely utilized in the acceleration zone.
The Kona N is powered by an improved engine and an 8-speed wet DCT (dual clutch transmission) with a maximum output of 280 hp (ps) and a maximum torque of 40 kgf m, which is 5 horsepower and 4 kgf m, compared to the Veloster N. It is equipped with the N Green Shift (NGS), which temporarily increases the turbo boost pressure to increase the output, and can increase the output to a maximum of 290 horsepower. With this, it can travel from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 240 km/h (based on launch control operation).
In addition, if you select the N-only 19-inch ultra-lightweight forged wheel, you can further reduce the weight of 12 kg per unit compared to the cast wheel. This leads to a reduction in the unsprung mass, which means the weight of the parts located under the vehicle's suspension, thereby increasing the tire's grip on the road surface, enabling a more comfortable and at the same time agile behavior. In addition, Pirelli ultra-high performance (UHP) tires, “P Zero,” were installed so that you can fully enjoy the dynamic driving performance of the Kona N.
In addition, Kona N uses an electronic differential limiting device (e-LSD) to allocate optimal torque to the driving wheels even in sharp cornering, thereby suppressing understeer and enabling sharp curves. This is an element that emphasizes the'cornering bad boy' aspect, one of the three DNAs of the N model, and completes the dynamic driving performance of the Kona N. In addition, high-performance specialized functions such as △N Green Shift (NGS) △N Power Shift (NPS) △N Track Sense Shift (NTS) △Active Variable Exhaust System △Launch Control were applied as standard specifications to maximize driving pleasure.
Hyundai Motor Company added 36 points of welding points compared to the existing Kona to fully utilize the high-performance specialized specifications of the Kona N, and added a balance to strong driving performance by increasing the rigidity of the vehicle by applying a body stiffness reinforcement structure such as tunnel stays and strut rings.
The large-diameter brake system and pads with high-performance friction materials realize safe braking power as well as strong driving performance, and the brake cooling system using aerodynamic power and the application of knuckle cooling holes maintain steady braking performance even in repeated braking situations.
In particular, in order to compensate for the disadvantage of the SUV's Kona N, which has a higher center of gravity than the sedan and hatchback, the suspension settings were tuned through numerous tests at the Namyang Research Center in Korea and the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany. Through this, while maintaining the strengths of the SUV, it has been optimized to achieve an exquisite balance between ride comfort and dynamic driving performance.
N-dedicated graphic interface reminiscent of computer games
The 10-inch display and head-up display (HUD) applied to the Kona N are equipped with a dedicated N graphic interface, giving the feeling of playing a game and enhancing the fun of driving.
Kona N's dashboard breaks away from the conventional design consisting of two circles of RPM and speedometer, and also provides a one-circle design that simultaneously expresses △RPM △speedometer △number of gears △shift indicator. In the remaining space of the dashboard, high-performance specialized information such as △oil temperature △cooling water temperature △torque △turbo pressure is displayed, and drivers can directly check the delicate changes of the vehicle through this.
This high-performance specialized information is projected on the head-up display at the same time, allowing the driver to check the information without losing concentration even in dynamic driving situations.
In consideration of the characteristics of customers who choose Kona N, a high-performance dedicated infotainment function has also been newly added.
It is equipped with a'lap time measuring device' that records the time it takes to travel on a race track and a'N Track Map' function that tracks and records the driver's movement on the circuit, even without specialized equipment for the race. It allows the driver to confidently hit the race track.
In addition to the high-performance specifications, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) were also applied.
Hyundai Motor Company applied △Front Collision Prevention Assistance (FCA) △ Lane Departure Prevention Assistance (LKA) △ Lane Maintenance Assistance (LFA) to the Kona N, and is the first N model to apply △ Rear Collision Prevention Assistance (BCA) △ Rear Cross Collision Prevention assistance (RCCA) △ Smart cruise control (SCC, Stop & Go not included) was applied, so safety in everyday driving was not neglected.
Sporty interior and exterior design for dynamic performance
The front part of the Kona N has an exclusive radiator grill with the N logo, which emphasizes the high-performance image, and a dark chrome Hyundai logo, giving the N model a strong impression.
In addition, the air intake (air intake) of the front bumper, applied inspired by the shape of the engine intake of a fighter, further emphasizes the low and wide posture of the Kona, while helping to achieve more stable engine cooling when driving at high speeds.
On the side, N-dedicated performance wheels, which have an increased size compared to the basic car, and UHP tires of 235/40R19 maximize Kona's aggressive posture along with body color cladding. In particular, the body color cladding emphasizes the dynamic proportions and overflowing volume of Kona N.
The Kona N is designed with aerodynamics in mind: △Front lip spoiler △Double wing type rear spoiler △Side sill molding not only visually shows the race track driving capability of the Kona N, but also enhances downforce to improve grip and increase high-speed stability. give. In addition, the N-dedicated triangular auxiliary brake light attached to the double wing type rear spoiler enhances the dynamic sensibility of high performance.
'Sonic Blue', a newly developed N-only color, was developed exclusively for SUV models, and is a color that will symbolize high-performance SUVs along with'Performance Blue' representing the existing N model. This is expected to radiate a strong presence on the road in harmony with the active red color point, another symbol of N.
The interior of the Kona N reflects N-specific detail elements to create an optimal driving environment.
△N-dedicated seat with N-dedicated performance blue color points △steering wheel △gear knob △hand brake, etc. are applied to bring out the sensibility of the N brand, and △metal pedal adds to the sporty sensibility of Kona N.
In particular, the N-only seat with suede material and side bolsters for seat side support holds the driver with a sense of stability even in a dynamic driving environment.
Announced the N brand strategy and vision with the new brand slogan'Never just drive'
At this event, along with the release of Kona N, N's new brand slogan “Never just drive” was introduced.
Hyundai Motor Company explained the philosophy of the N brand to express the joy that can be felt in every moment of driving through the N brand film, and to continue to pursue the unchanging enjoyment of driving despite the increasingly diversifying power sources of automobiles such as electric and hydrogen fuels.
Hyundai Motor Company launched the high-performance brand N, based on the technology accumulated through the world's top motorsports stages such as the World Rally Championship (WRC), and then launched the i30 N in 2017, the Veloster N in 2018, and the Kona N, which was unveiled on the 27th. The high-performance N lineup is continuously expanding.
At the same time, the N brand has been attracting great response to customers from around the world, including car enthusiasts, by raising the championship cups in motor sports all over the world such as △WRC △TCR competition △Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race △Pirelli World Challenge.
“N has developed with the goal of realizing a vision of sustainable performance starting with the 2025 Vision GT, a high-performance hydrogen-fuel electric concept car that was unveiled in 2015,” said Thomas Shimiera, vice president of Hyundai Motor's customer experience division. Also under review,” he said. “By actively utilizing the RM project, a concept of a rolling lab, we will continue to hone high-performance technologies and lead the future high-performance electrification market.”
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