HYUNDAI’S HOT HATCH

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Hyundai hopes to be­come syn­ony­mous with high-per­for­mance mod­els fol­low­ing the de­but of its N Con­cept RN30. Based on the new i30 hatch­back, the RN30 is a track-only model pow­ered by a tur­bocharged 2-litre 4-pot that churns out 380bhp and 451Nm. To cope with th­ese fig­ures, most of the en­gine’s com­po­nents are forged, rather than cast, for en­hanced dura­bil­ity. Help­ing the RN30 stay glued to the tar­mac are its all-wheel-drive sys­tem, elec­tronic lim­ited-slip differential (eLSD) and ag­gres­sive bodykit.

Track-day en­thu­si­asts will also love the im­age-sta­bilised gim­bal cam­eras on the A-pil­lars and the ex­te­rior cam­era at­tached to the cen­tre fin on the roof that can record their ex­ploits. Hyundai is ex­pected to in­tro­duce a less ex­treme, road­go­ing ver­sion of the RN30, which will join the i30 lineup and ri­val the Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI.

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