Hyundai i30 Fastback N, the brand’s second model under the N performance brand, has been revealed online ahead of its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show early next month. The 5-door performance coupe follows the footsteps of i30 N hot hatchback which turned out to be extremely popular among enthusiasts.
The i30 Fastback N has no direct competition and Hyundai is marketing it as the first 5-door performance coupe in the C-Segment. It is pitched as a more elegant and sophisticated alternative to the i30 N hatchback. The Fastback N has no real direct competition.
Visually, the N variant differentiates itself from the regular i30 Fastback by means of sportier front and rear bumpers, larger alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes, integrated spoiler on the boot lid, and an F1-like triangular rear foglight. The interior adopts full black theme with contrast red stitching and aluminium pedal covers.
The powertrain options are identical to those on the i30 N hatchback. The entry-level i30 Fastback N is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine which has 248 hp on tap. The Performance variant employs a pumped up version of the engine which is good for 272 hp. Both variants adopt FWD configuration and come with a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
In terms of performance, the base variant is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.4 seconds while the top-end variant is capable of achieving the same feat three-tenths of a second quicker. In addition to extra horse power, the top-end Performance variant also boasts of an electronic limited slip differential, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, Pirelli P Zero tyres, sports exhaust system and adaptive dampers.
The Hyundai i30 Fastback N was not a part of original product plan for the N lineup but looking that the success of i30 N hatchback, Hyundai decided to add another N variant to the family.