Hyundai’s smallest hot hatch looks set to feature a dual-clutch transmission option, giving it the tools to take on the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

    Korean Car Blog reports the 1.6-litre engine in the i20 N will be mated with a six-speed manual transmission, or a seven-speed dual-clutch.

    Hyundai hasn’t yet confirmed what will power the i20 N, but there are two possible options: a variation of the 2.0-litre engine in the i30 N, or a hotter version of the 1.6-litre engine used in the warm i30 N-Line.

    The KCB report says the latter will be used, but power outputs haven’t yet been confirmed. In the i30 N-Line it has 150kW and 265Nm, which would put it on a par with the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI for power.

    The Toyota GR Yaris promises to deliver 200kW from its turbocharged engine, but may also pack a price around $50,000 before on-road costs when it arrives.

    If the report is correct, the dual-clutch in the i20 N will be a different transmission to the new eight-speed unit being developed for the i30 and Veloster N.

    The 1.6-litre engine from the N-Line is already paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, making that transmission the likely candidate.

    Hyundai has confirmed the i20 N will come to Australia. No other i20 will be brought Down Under because of the cost of importing European-built small hatchbacks.

    Ford takes the same approach with the Fiesta ST, although both Toyota and Volkswagen offer full ranges of the Yaris and Polo respectively.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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