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This is from the Driving.ca website with the engine configurations for the Kona N.

"The Kona N will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with two different power outputs. The base model will produce 246 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque; while the Performance-Package-equipped model will feature 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. Both versions of the engine can be paired to either an eight-speed automatic, or a six-speed manual transmission".
 

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So better power numbers than the current WRX, probably a bit heavier (2020 1.6T AWD is ~3300 lbs) than the WRX, and with a proper transmission when looking at the automatics as the Subaru automatic is a CVT. Here is to hoping the price isn't sky high especially given that the Kona isn't much bigger than most hatchbacks.
 

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Will the Kona N be AWD only ? Otherwise, how are they expecting FWD to put the power down without a limited slip diff.. or will they muck it up with torque management ?
 

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Will the Kona N be AWD only ? Otherwise, how are they expecting FWD to put the power down without a limited slip diff.. or will they muck it up with torque management ?
I highly doubt they will even make FWD an option. Seems like a waste of a sport crossover.
 

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I agree. I don't even think the N will be available in FWD, most likely AWD. It also did not state whether it would be a DCT (dry or wet). We'll have to wait for more details I suppose.
 

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I highly doubt they will even make FWD an option. Seems like a waste of a sport crossover.
If I were to do it over, I would go with the AWD version. I don’t really need AWD other than for wanting to put the power down “evenly”. it’s embarrassing sometimes just taking off in a bit of a hurry and squealing through an intersection without really going fast.. yet there’s less weight, complexity, maintenance and cost with fwd.
Now if I could get a RWD version with a manual.. I’d be all over it..
 

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I agree. I don't even think the N will be available in FWD, most likely AWD. It also did not state whether it would be a DCT (dry or wet). We'll have to wait for more details I suppose.
Very high chance AWD and I know it will have the wet clutch.That part is known.
 

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Well I should of waited a year or two and I could of got the new face lifted Kona N!
I don’t need a fast car anymore right?! Lol
This looks so tempting , imagine the new “smart stream” 2.0 liter turbo and the AWD of the Kona, I hope they offer a manual or the wet 8 speed DCT.
 

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If I were to do it over, I would go with the AWD version. I don’t really need AWD other than for wanting to put the power down “evenly”. it’s embarrassing sometimes just taking off in a bit of a hurry and squealing through an intersection without really going fast.. yet there’s less weight, complexity, maintenance and cost with fwd.
Now if I could get a RWD version with a manual.. I’d be all over it..
Well, a couple of weeks ago I went to jump into traffic and ended up doing an AWD "burnout" due to the wet leaves on the ground. Loud enough where people stopped and glared...haha. While it was a bit embarrassing...it was also amusing.
 

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Well, a couple of weeks ago I went to jump into traffic and ended up doing an AWD "burnout" due to the wet leaves on the ground. Loud enough where people stopped and glared...haha. While it was a bit embarrassing...it was also amusing.
Heh, if you liked that, you would love the snow! I was fortunate this week to have fresh powder in the mountains, and a wide open parking lot to do hands-free donuts! The Kona has a short wheel base so it can do tight drifts in the snow and on ice.
 

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I can’t wait for our first snow here or a trip up into the mountains. Did you disable traction and stability control to drift in the snow?
 

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I can’t wait for our first snow here or a trip up into the mountains. Did you disable traction and stability control to drift in the snow?
Hyundai doesn't let you fully disable stability control as you will soon find out. It still lets you play around a fair amount.
 

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I can’t wait for our first snow here or a trip up into the mountains. Did you disable traction and stability control to drift in the snow?
Yes, stab and trac off, and AWD lock. Not sure if the AWD lock is doing much, but it can't hurt when launching it. Easier to drift on all seasons, but much safer with winter tires.
 

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Hyundai doesn't let you fully disable stability control as you will soon find out. It still lets you play around a fair amount.
Can you elaborate? I press and hold traction control and there is zero assistance or feedback from the vehicle. It feels the exact same as an sti I drove, and literally every other car I have driven for 17 years, which is many.
 

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Hyundai still has stability control 1/4 engaged when you disable traction control and stability control. You can't fully disable it.
 

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Hyundai still has stability control 1/4 engaged when you disable traction control and stability control. You can't fully disable it.
Interesting, must be a USDM thing because there is 0 feedback at all in my Kona while drifting, sliding, or doing donuts. No mention of partial control in the manual either.
 
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