Pric­ing con­firmed for hot hatch

Hamilton News - - Front Page - By Colin Smith

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.


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