Hyundai adds 130 N Fast­back

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Hyundai has re­vealed the five­door lift­back ver­sion of its high-per­for­mance i30 N small car – dubbed Fast­back – in Europe ahead of its Paris mo­tor show de­but.

This time, the com­pany’s N engi­neer­ing team re­port­edly has backed off the stiff global sports sus­pen­sion set­tings a notch, bring­ing them more into line with the unique sup­ple tune of the Aus­tralian ver­sion of the ex­ist­ing i30 N hatch that was mod­i­fied for this mar­ket be­cause of lo­cal bumpy roads.

Com­pared with the cur­rent i30 N hatch­back set­tings in Europe, the Fast­back gets changes to the bump stops, hydraulics, anti-roll bars and sports driv­ing mode, ap­par­ently mak­ing the car more com­fort­able with­out up­set­ting its sharp han­dling.

Ac­cord­ing to Euro­pean re­ports, those new set­tings de­vel­oped for the i30 N Fast­back at Hyundai’s chas­sis engi­neer­ing cen­tre at Ger­many’s Nur­bur­gring will also be ap­plied to the hatch glob­ally when that car next comes up for a tweak.

Goauto un­der­stands Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany Aus­tralia se­nior prod­uct plan­ning man­ager An­drew Tuitahi was in­volved in test­ing of the Fast­back in Europe ahead of the de­ci­sion by Hyundai’s N ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment team to go with the re­vi­sions. The Fast­back will launch in Aus­tralia in the first quar­ter of 2019, join­ing the N hatch that sells for $39,990 plus on-road costs.

With its slop­ing roofline, the Fast­back is de­signed to ap­peal to cus­tomers want­ing a slightly more stylish pack­age with ex­tra prac­ti­cal­ity.

A bonus of the de­sign is ex­tra lug­gage space – up 69 litres to 450L with the rear seats up and up 64L to 1351L with the seats down.

Like the hatch, the i30 N Fast­back will be launched in Europe with the 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine in two pow­er­train pack­ages – Stan­dard at 184kw-353nm and Per­for­mance at 202kw-353nm. The torque can soar to 378Nm for 18 sec­onds thanks to an over­boost func­tion that kicks in when the max­i­mum torque thresh­old is reached.

Fuel con­sump­tion on the Euro­pean com­bined test cy­cle is 7.0 litres per 100km for the Stan­dard car and 7.1L100km for the Per­for­mance ver­sion. Like the hatch, Aus­tralia is ex­pected to take only the top-spec 202kw pow­er­train in the N Fast­back.

Ini­tially, that en­gine will be avail­able only with a six-speed man­ual gear­box with a rev-match­ing func­tion that blips the throt­tle on down changes.

Hyundai is work­ing on a new du­al­clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for these N cars which – over­seas at least – also in­cludes a hot N ver­sion of the all-new Veloster coupe.

HMCA says it will an­nounce fi­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions and pric­ing for the N Fast­back closer to launch, which is ex­pected to be about Fe­bru­ary.

With its slip­pery shape, the i30 N Fast­back is said to be more aero­dy­namic than the sawn-off hatch­back but also slightly heav­ier.

De­spite this, the Fast­back ver­sion cov­ers the 0-100kmh sprint in 6.1 sec­onds, a tenth of a sec­ond quicker than the quoted fig­ure for the hatch.

The five driv­ing modes of the so­called N Grin Con­trol sys­tem are car­ried over the Fast­back, but Bri­tain’s Au­to­car re­ports that the sporti­est N set­tings have been backed-off a lit­tle in line with the de­ci­sion to make the i30 N a lit­tle more user-friendly.

As be­fore, these modes – Eco, Nor­mal, Sport, N and N Cus­tom – con­trol set­tings for the en­gine, sus­pen­sion, ESC, LSD, ex­haust and steer­ing, and can be tog­gled from but­tons on the steer­ing wheel.

PARIS SHOW: The new Hyundai i30 N Fast­back has ben­e­fit­ted from an Aussie-style sup­ple sus­pen­sion tune.

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