Pricing confirmed for hot hatch
The eagerly awaited pricing announcement for the first of Hyundai’s N performance cars was confirmed at the recent National Feildays.
Hyundai’s N sub-brand will debut with the i30 N five-door hatchback priced at $54,990 (plus on-road costs).
The i30 N rivals Euro hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Peugeot 308 GTI with a turbocharged engine and frontwheel-drive configuration and goes on sale in New Zealand from July 1 with dealers now taking pre-orders.
The i30 N is the first performance model developed under the Hyundai N sub-brand — Hyundai’s dedicated high performance vehicle division. The ‘N’ moniker stands for both Namyang — Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea where i30 N was born — and for the Nurburgring race circuit, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre where the i30 N was further developed and tested.
Hyundai New Zealand is launching the car in its more powerful variant known globally as the i30 N Performance. The 2.0-litre fourcylinder turbo engine develops 202kw with 353Nm of torque available from 1500-4700rpm and there is an additional 25Nm of torque produced by an over-boost function, which is available at all times dependent on exhaust temperature.
The i30 N Performance is electronically limited to 250km/h and achieves 0-100km/ h acceleration in 6.1 seconds. An Active Variable Exhaust System provides increased exhaust sound when in Sport or Custom drive mode.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard with a Rev Match function to eliminate the need for heel and toe gear changes. There is launch control to assist the driver with maximum acceleration from a standing start and an electronically controlled limited slip differential.
The i30 N rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-zero tyres and has electronically controlled suspension damping, a torque vectoring system and steering wheelmounted Drive Mode buttons, where the driver can access to customise engine and suspension settings.
Performance modifications over the standard i30 include reinforced front suspension strut rings, a strengthened front sub frame and a central tunnel support bracket. The body modifications continue inside with the addition of a rear stiffness bar across the rear wheel arch lowers.
Performance-specific interior highlights include leather and suede sports seats with power adjustment and a two position memory for the driver. A bespoke 4.2-inch LCD display in the instrument cluster displays a number of drive mode and vehicle control settings, shift timing lights and a variable LED tachometer, with a maximum engine rev light which adjusts according to engine temperature.
Standard equipment includes LED head lights and tail lights, keyless entry with engine start/stop button and 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity.
The Hyundai i30 N will be available in six colours — Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black, Engine Red and the new N specific colour of Performance Blue, inspired by the Hyundai Motorsport WRC and TCR programmes.
Hyundai’s standard 100,000km warranty, 3-Year Roadside Assistance package and 10-Year anti corrosion warranty applies to the N models.
THE I30 N IS THE FIRST PERFORMANCE MODEL DEVELOPED UNDER THE HYUNDAI N SUB-BRAND — HYUNDAI’S DEDICATED HIGH PERFORMANCE VEHICLE DIVISION.