Korean hot hatch teased
HYUNDAI is to unveil a hot hatch that will take it to the best Europe offers.
The i30-based RN30 hot hatch concept looks set to trump the Focus RS for outright aggression.
We’ve known it’s been coming for some time, but Hyundai has finally given us our first visual taste of the i30-based hot hatch from the Korean maker’s new N performance brand.
Teased in a single image for now, ahead of its full reveal at next week’s Paris motor show, the concept looks to have Group B-style boxed wheelarches front and rear to hide wider front and rear tracks, with a gaping front airdam to make its performance intent very clear.
The teaser image also could hint at the as-yet unseen threedoor version of the new thirdgeneration i30.
Hyundai’s press material says the RN30 was “born as a racing machine”.
While, we’re still unsure if this concept points to the expected circa-200kW Golf GTI rival or a circa-250kW Focus RS equivalent, Hyundai is certainly on the right track when it comes to hot hatch looks.
Hyundai’s says the RN30 is a result of collaboration between Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division.
The Korean maker also will unveil the regular i30 hatchback range at Paris, six months ahead of its arrival in showrooms. Designed in Germany, the i30 has European good looks.
The current i30’s obviously Asian look hasn’t stood in the way of acceptance by Australians, but this isn’t the case everywhere. With the model unveiled in Frankfurt, Hyundai is aiming for Down Under-style sales success in Europe.
“The new generation i30 is the most important car for Hyundai in Europe, supporting our objective to become No. 1 Asian automotive brand,” says Hyundai Motor Europe chief Thomas Schmid.
With the local launch of the i30 months away, Hyundai Australia isn’t divulging every detail of technical specification, but has made some of the big decisions. The base model will ditch the current 1.8-litre engine in favour of a more powerful 2.0-litre non-turbo fourcylinder.