Hyundai’s rally-inspired i30 N revealed
FOLLOWING our brief stint behind the wheel of a prototype version earlier this year and countless teaser images, Hyundai has finally revealed the new i30 N. It’s the Korean manufacturer’s first attempt at a fully fledged hot hatch and fires the starting gun on a range of new N-badged high-performance models from Hyundai.
Hyundai touted the idea of a hot hatch at last year’s Paris Motor Show with the RN30 Concept, while the company’s involvement in the World Rally Championship since 2014 has delivered the impetus to develop new performance models.
Albert Biermann, executive vice-president of Hyundai’s high-performance vehicle division, told us that the manufacturer is aiming to deliver “an accessible highperformance package”, hinting that it could undercut key rivals on price.
Under the bonnet sits a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 353Nm of torque. It means that Hyundai’s new entrant on to the hot hatch scene outguns the 242bhp Golf GTI Performance Pack on sheer power. But the i30 N is also available with an optional performance pack, which turns the wick up further to 271bhp.
Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox; the standard i30 N cracks 0-62mph in a claimed 6.4 seconds before hitting 155mph. Adding the performance pack cuts the sprint time by 0.3 seconds to 6.1 seconds, although the speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The i30 N has performance parts that are typical of the latest hot hatches: launch control and a rev-matching function both feature, plus five selectable driving modes and electronically managed suspension. An ‘N button’ coaxes the car into its most dynamic set-up, but drivers can tailor settings through an N Custom mode. Those opting for the Performance Package get an electronic limited-slip differential, larger brakes, a variable valve exhaust system and larger 19-inch wheels.
The dashboard and switchgear found in regular versions of the i30 are given some sporty new additions. A sports steering wheel with extra driving mode buttons features, alongside new sports seats.
A five-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto is included as standard – the larger eight-inch display with built-in satellite navigation is kept on the options list, but it features a new and exclusive N menu which displays power usage, turbo boost, plus a lap-timing function. Safety and assistance tech is lifted from the regular car, and autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a driver-monitoring system make the cut.
It’s expected that both the 247bhp and 271bhp versions will go on sale in the UK. Prices for the entry-level model are likely to start around £28,000.
247bhp in standard model 155mph top speed claimed
A purposeful bodykit and twin exhaust tailpipes mark out Hyundai’s first hot hatch