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2022 Hyundai Kona N: Hot hatch on stilts

Hyundai gives the full-bore N treatment to its subcompact Kona crossover.

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Say hi to the Hyundai Kona N.

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This is the N version of Hyundai's smallest crossover.

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The interior is largely the same as the standard Kona.

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But the 2.0-liter turbo engine is new, and with 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque, it likes to party.

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Larger wheels and brakes help with the performance, as does an electronic limited-slip differential.

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And wow can this thing go.

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An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard - no manual gearbox is offered. Front-wheel drive is also standard -- you can't get all-wheel drive like you can in lesser versions.

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Front-wheel drive is also standard -- you can't get all-wheel drive like you can in lesser versions.

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Like all Konas, the styling is appropriately weird, but you still have decent utility.

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The Kona N will be on sale before the end of 2021. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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