Hyundai i30 N is the company’s first hot hatchback and is inspired by their champion WRC car. It boasts of a 2 liter engine which delivers 271 bhp power and 353 Nm torque and mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox sending power to front wheels.
A few years ago, Hyundai announced “N” – Nurburgring, a special in-house tuning division that would concentrate on performance oriented versions of their car models. This is the same division that also runs the World Rally Championship team. Hyundai i30 N is based on the standard i30 5 door hatchback but has been given performance updates.
Claiming to be more powerful than the VW Golf GTI, Hyundai i30 N can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed which is electronically limited to 250 kmph. In terms of performance parts, Hyundai i30 N gets launch control, rev-matching function, 5 selectable driving modes and electronically managed suspension.
With incorporation of the ‘N’ button, drivers can adjust settings using an N custom mode. Electronic limited slip differential, variable valve exhaust system, larger brakes and 19” wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zero tyres are also a part of this performance package.
On the design front, there are some changes to exterior and interior in the form of new front bumper, front grille design with red inserts and twin exhaust system with new gloss black spoiler. Interiors are seen with a new steering wheel with added driving mode buttons, sports seats and a 5” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As an option, the company is also offering the i30 N with 8” display with built in satellite navigation while in terms of safety features, the i30 N gets autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and driver monitoring system.
Where competition is concerned, Hyundai i30 N competes head on with VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R.