The new Hyundai i30 N is Hyundai's first fully fledged hot hatch and the first in the brand new N-badged range of high performance models from Hyundai.
The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering 247bhp. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and the standard i30 N cracks 0-62mph in a claimed 6.4 seconds before going on to a top speed of 155mph.
The optional performance package slashes the 0-62mph time by three tenths to 6.1 seconds and includes an electronic limited slip differential, plus larger brakes, a variable valve exhaust system, and larger 19-inch wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero rubber.
The i30 N is packed full of hot hatch features such as launch control and a rev-matching function plus five selectable driving modes and electronically managed suspension. Different setups can be achieved by using the N button for a dynamic setup or the N Custom button for tailored settings.
An aggressive new front bumper and the i30’s trademark front grille, plus a sporty red insert has also been added. New air inlets are 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 on the hatch lid is home to a triangular central brake light. 18-inch wheels come as standard.
In the cabin, the dashboard and switchgear found in regular versions of the i30 is paired off with sporty new additions. The i30 N get a sports steering wheel with additional driving mode buttons alongside a golf-ball style gear stick and new sports seats. Contrasting blue stitching is dotted around the cabin.
The i30 N includes a five-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard but can be upgraded to an optional eight-inch display with built in satellite navigation. Exclusive features to the N menu displaying power usage, turbo boost, plus a lap timing function are included. The N menu is also where the driver can alter the car’s customisable settings. Safety and assistance tech is lifted from the regular car, and autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and a driver monitoring system make the cut.
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