Hyundai has revealed the i30 N, which is set to become the Korean brand’s first high-performance car under its N line-up.
Built on the new generation i30 and inspired by Hyundai’s experience in WRC since 2014, the hot hatch was born in Namyang, at Hyundai’s global R&D centre in Korea and honed at the Nürburgring, one of the most challenging race tracks in the world and also home of Hyundai’s testing centre.
The hot hatch was first previewed as the RN30 concept car at last year’s Paris motor show. Although the production version is entirely conventional-looking when compared to the more radical design study, Hyundai says it still packs a punch in terms of power; the i30 N’s four-cylinder 2.0-litre T-GDI turbo engine – mated to a six-speed manual transmission – delivers up to 271 bhp and 260 lb-ft of torque, as well as a zero to 62 mph time of just over six seconds.
And, in contrast to the regular five-door i30, the N version sports custom front and rear bumpers with larger air intakes, a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler complete with triangular brake light, a dual muffler exhaust, up to 19-inch wheels, sport seats, and a special “Performance Blue” exterior colour inspired by Hyundai Motorsport.
“The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package,” says Albert Biermann, boss of Hyundai’s N performance division. “With the high-performance N models we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car on a winding road and listen to the sound of the engine.”
Due to be launched across Europe by the end of 2017, the new car is being built at Hyundai’s Czech manufacturing plant in Nošovice.