Long awaited Hyundai i30 N pumps out 183kW in base trim and is ready to play with hot-hatch big guns
After much teasing and a lengthy drip feed marketing campaign, the all-new Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has been revealed.
Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged and intercooled engine that produces 184kW @6,000rpm and 353Nm from between 1,450 and 4,000rpm in standard tune or 202kW @ 6,000rpm and 353Nm @ 1,450 and 4,700rpm if you go for the performance pack.
The only transmission choice is a six-speed manual with rev matching that drives the front wheels. The standard car will launch from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds and the Performance Pack version is marginally quicker at 6.2 seconds. Hyundai has included launch control to make those fast starts a little easier.
Actually, they’ve thrown quite a lot of performance tech at the i30 N: there’s electronically adjustable suspension, electronic limited slip diff and five driving modes that allow the driver to set up the car for however their mood suits, and Hyundai says that the i30 N is just as happy doing the daily commute to the office as it is pounding around a racetrack on the weekend. That’s probably why Hyundai has thrown in a lap timer, so you can compare times with your track day friends.
The i30 N rides on rides on 18 inch alloys as standard or customers can opt for a set of 19s, which are wrapped in specially-developed Michelin tyres. Cars fitted with the 18 inch wheels are 4mm lower than the standard i30 and the cars that wear the bigger hoops are 8mm lower than the standard i30.
Visually, there’s an aggressive body kit with air intakes to feed that turbo engine and the front splitter and rear spoiler help to create downforce.
The i30 N passengers are held in by sports seats with lumbar support adjustment. These can be wrapped in either cloth or leather. There a choice of 5 or 8inch infotainment screen sizes and the screens display information on power, torque, turbo boost and lap and acceleration timer and Apple Car Play, Android Auto and satellite navigation are all standard, as is wireless mobile phone charging.
If you stump up the cash for the Performance Pack, you’ll also be able to access settings for the engine, suspension, steering, exhaust noise and stability control.
And just in case that bi-modal exhaust isn’t enough for you, the i30N pumps engine noise into the cabin through the speakers.
Hyundai hasn’t scrimped on safety either, with a host of airbags, automatic emergency braking, driver attention alert and lane keep assist all part of the i30 N package.
Pricing and specifications for Australia-bound versions will be provided as they come to hand.