STAND BY FOR FASTBACK VER­SION

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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.

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