Hyundai i30 N hot hatch officially revealed

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The wait is up. It’s here. Friends, say hello to the long awaited, highly anticipated Hyundai i30 N – South Korea’s first attempt at a hot hatch. And oh boy – they haven’t stuffed it up.

The i30 N comes in two flavours – a regular model, and the Performance Package model. Let’s start with the regular model.

The standard i30 N rocks a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 184kW of power (delivered at 6000rpm) , and 353Nm of torque (produced betwwen 1450rpm and 4000rpm). This power is sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual – a 7-speed dual-clutch auto will come later down the track. The i30 N can hit 100km/h in 6.4 seconds, upwards toward a limited top speed of 250km/h. It wears 18-inch alloy wheels, with 225mm Michelin tyres – it is also 4mm lower than a regualar i30.

Now, let’s talk about the i30 N Performance Package variant. Just like the base i30 N, it rocks a 2.0L turbo 4-pot petrol – however, it now produces 202kW delivered at 6000rpm and 353Nm of torque produced betwwen 1450rpm and 4700rpm. The drivetrain is unchanged, but due to the extra power, the i30 N can hit 100km/h in 6.4 seconds and an unchanged 250km/h top speed. The Performance Package variant now wears 19-inch alloy wheels, with 235mm Pirelli P Zero tyres – the suspension has also been dropped to be 8mm lower than a regualar i30. The Performance Package variant also scores an electronically-locking limited slip differential, new variable exhaust system, larger brake discs and Hyundai N branded red brake calipers.

Inside the N, there’s a host of changes and upgrades. There’s a new steering wheel with a button to switch between three driving modes – Normal, Sport, Eco – along with buttons for both the specific N track mode, and the car’s rev matching feature. The driver and passenger now get new, N-branded bucket sports seats trimmed in either leather & suede or cloth – the seats, along with the steering wheel and gear knob, feature ‘N blue’ highlights/stitching. Further, the i30 N receives cool performance features like launch control, variable suspension damping and a sound generator at the base of the front windscreen for ‘acoustic drama’.

The i30 N gets a new body kit to differentiate it from the regular i30s, with splitters, a black rear wing, red accents all around and more.

When the i30 N launches later this year (‘late 2017’), it will be available with 6 exterior colour options: Performance Blue, Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red. What do you think of the Hyundai i30 N? Personally, it’s one of my most anticipated cars of 2017 – I can’t wait to see full reviews when it launches later this year. What do you think? Let me know!

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