Hyundai presents the i20 Sport in Germany

While Brazil has recently seen the presentation of the Hyundai HB20 R-Spec, mostly a cosmetic sports car, Germany will be presented with the i20 Sport, a car that at least has a serious proposition of performance. Even if with a 1.0 3-cylinder engine.

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What happens is that this 1.0 powerplant is the new 1.0 GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) turbocharged engine that Hyundai has developed in Germany. It will also be used in other vehicles, such as Hyundai HB20, which has already been caught testing in Brazil recently. The little engine is able to deliver 88 kW and 172 Nm. Apart from that, the Hyundai i20 Sport comes with 18-inch wheels and a revised suspension, 20 mm lower than the one found on the regular i20.

Both the former i20 and the HB20 have been developed over the same platform, called PB/RB. The i20 Sport features the new GB platform. In Brazil, the 1.0 GDI turbo engine will not have a sporty proposition, for sure. Due to tax regulations, it will probably become an intermediate version between the naturally aspirated 1.0 3-cylinder base engine and the stronger 1.6 4-cylinder engine offered for the top versions of the car.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.