Hyundai to deliver RN30 concept for Paris Motor Show image

The South Korean automaker is adamant towards pushing forward with its sporty plans through the newly formed N division – which is now providing us a first glimpse at the concept to be displayed in the French capital.

The performance model is based on the recently released third generation i30, so it will be interesting to see its design details and judge whether or not they would trickle down to the production version. The first ever N Performance car from Hyundai will be presented next year so we’re expecting the concept in Pars to be a near-ready prototype. The RN30 should take center stage in the company’s bid to go against models such as the VW Golf GTI. While based on the newly announced third generation i30, there are numerous changes – chief among them being the substantially more aggressive body kit with large wheel arches and a prominent front splitter apparently made out of carbon fiber.

We also caught a glimpse of a large roof-mounted rear spoiler, a race-spec fuel cap mounted up high, and what appear to be polycarbonate side windows. The “RN30” follows the RM14, RM15, and RM16 concepts introduced over the past few years, but now there’s no mid-mounted engine in sight. Instead, the concept most likely has a production ready layout with front engine and front wheel drive.