STAND BY FOR FASTBACK VERSION
A fastback version of the i30 N hot hatch is due next year. Hyundai designer Thomas Buerkle showed a silhouette of the new body style but didn’t divulge much more. The car is lower and wider than the hatch with the tapering roofline common to coupestyled sedans. Space will be down, style will be up. As with the hatch, the fastback will be sold with a 2.0-litre engine in two states of tune: 184kW for the base car and 202kW for a more track-oriented model. Hyundai Australia has finalised specifications for N hatch versions, which are due to launch late this year. Spokesman Bill Thomas aims to launch the hot hatches at Rally Australia, which starts on November 16. “Ideally we want to launch at Rally Australia but there may be some delays that push it (the date) out,” he says. “Honestly I don’t care when it arrives, as long as when it does, it’s as good as it needs to be.” Pricing hasn’t been revealed but expect it to be less than the Golf GTI’s $41,340.