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Hyundai confirms the end of its hot Fastback N ahead of i30 Sedan N’s arrival


Hyundai Motor Company Australia has opened the order books for two months on its limitededi­tion hot coupe-liftback, the i30 Fastback N, and confirmed a starting price of $49,000 plus costs.

Order books for the extra-hot i30 close on September 31 and only 500 will be available.

A one-off opportunit­y for N enthusiast­s, HMCA told Goauto that with the all-new i30 Sedan N due in the last quarter of this year, there were no plans to retain the Fastback N as part of its core N model range in Australia.

The incoming i30 Sedan N will also appeal to customers who want a fourdoor coupe design – like the Fastback – but with the added benefit of being built on a new platform that offers more performanc­e potential.

The limited-edition Fastback comes with all of the same upgraded hardware as the facelifted i30 N hatch, including more power – now 206kw392nm – thanks to a new turbocharg­er and intercoole­r, plus the long-awaited eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissi­on. A six-speed manual is also available.

Under the swooping body is the same redesigned suspension geometry and new spring, bushing and damper calibratio­ns as the new hatch, with the whole package rolling on strengthen­ed, lightweigh­t 19-inch forged alloy wheels.

The handling stakes are upped further by the ‘N Corner Carving Differenti­al’ and Hyundai-bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Inside are body-hugging N ‘light seats’, a larger 10.25-inch satellite navigation screen and multi-media system. Wireless smartphone charging enhances the in-cabin experience.

Hyundai said the engine gets a ‘flatpower’ tune that boosts responsive­ness and accelerati­on for even more fun by broadening the power and torque bands. All 392Nm are on boil between 2100rpm-4700rpm, with the full 206kw coming home at 6000rpm.

This all adds up to a top speed of 250kmh with the automatic launching from 0-100kmh in 5.4 seconds.

To help up the fun factor, the Fastback

N has been gifted the hatch’s ‘N Grin Shift’ transmissi­on mode, which maximises power for 20 seconds.

‘N Grin Shift’, ‘N Power Shift’ and ‘N Track Sense’ are via a steering wheel-mounted button.

The ‘N Power Shift’ is useful when accelerati­ng by reducing torque dropoff between shifts, while ‘N Track Sense’ recognises road conditions and shifts at the optimum time.

The limited-edition model has highperfor­mance driving features such as a rev-matching function, launch control and an ‘N Supervisio­n’ cluster with shift lights.

The umbrella control system is called ‘N Grin Control’ that gives access to five distinct driving modes:

Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom.

Each adjusts engine, suspension, electronic stability control, the ‘N Corner Carving Differenti­al’, active variable exhaust, steering and transmissi­on, with the aim of optimising them for different driving conditions.

If that’s not enough, there is the ‘N Custom’ mode for selection of Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for individual vehicle systems, to match their driving preference­s and the road conditions.

The Fastback also adds bigger 360mm front brake rotors with red N callipers, complete with brake cooling air guides mounted to the front lower control arms.

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