Korean hot hatch teased

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

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.

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