First hot hatch from the Korean manufacturer, the ‘N’ in the i30 N’s name stands for, you guessed it, Nurburgring.
Hyundai unveiled their first hot-hatch, i30 N, developed by their in-house tuning department called N. No points for guessing what the N in the name stands for. Yes, you guessed it right. It stands for Nurburgring where the hatchback was put through its paces to make it Hyundai’s first true hot hatchback. Hyundai has also used their expertise in the World Rally Championship to develop the i30 N. Let’s check out what makes the i30 N special.
Based on the standard i30 five-door hatch, the i30 N was first touted by Hyundai as the RN30 Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Now in its production form, its four-cylinder 2.0-litre T-GDI turbo engine churns out 275 PS of peak power and a heady 353 Nm of max torque with N division’s own performance pack. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual tranny, in true hot hatch fashion, and there’ll be no automatic on offer.
Hyundai claims the i30 N will do the 0-100kmph sprint in 6.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph. Launch control and a rev-matching function comes standard, along with five selectable driving modes and electronically managed suspension. Drivers can tailor settings through an ‘N’ custom mode, but there’s also a handy ‘N’ button that automatically sets up the car to its most dynamic setting, if you’re not feeling particularly inspired.
Alongside the hike in power, the performance pack also comes with an electronic limited slip differential, larger brakes, a variable valve exhaust system, and larger 19-inch wheels (18-inch Michelins are standard) shod in Pirelli P Zero rubber. Inside, it gets sports steering wheel and seats, ‘N Performance’ logos everywhere, and an LED rev counter.
On the looks front, the i30 N features a sporty new front bumper with a red insert, topped off by Hyundai’s trademark grille. New air inlets have been added to each corner of the car’s front end, aiding aerodynamics and brake cooling. At the back, the car gains a new rear apron with a diffuser plus twin exhaust exits, while a new gloss black spoiler with triangular central brake light sits on the hatch lid.
Along with the i30 N, Hyundai also took the wraps off its longer, swoopier and stiffer sibling, the i30 Fastback. It plans to launch the i30 N in Korea and Europe by the end of this year, with prices hewing close to the Focus ST but undercutting the venerable Golf GTI. Sadly, we aren’t holding our breath for an Indian launch.