The South Korean automaker’s preview for the hotter i30 compact is called the RN30 and comes to solidify the presence of the N Performance division following its apparition at the Mondial de l’Automobile.
The RN30 is the first fruit of the new N Performance unit and will morph into the production version as well based on the third-generation i30, complete with the needed updates and upgrades to present itself as a worthy contender in the hot hatch segment. The concept has an aggressive body kit with massive front bumper clad with big air vents and a large splitter. The back also gets the right treatment with massive diffuser and a prominent roof-mounted spoiler. There are also 19 inch wheels and a reworked suspension setup – the RN30 is 30 millimeters wider compared to the standard i30, and at the back sit a pair of dual ceramic tips part of the electronic variable exhaust system.
The concept’s mainstay feature is the turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine packing 380 horsepower (280 kilowatts) and 451 Newton-meters (332 pound-feet) of torque sent to all four wheels using a dual-clutch transmission – and there’s even an electronic limited-slip differential. Hyundai has partnered with BASF to research new “high-performance” plastic materials in order to deliver a lightweight assembly. The upcoming N version of the i30 will arrive early 2017 but it will feature a front wheel drive layout with six-speed manual gearbox, so we also expect less power from the engine.