The first-ever model coming from the newly established performance division is coming in 2017 and will be a version of the i30 compact, capable of topping out at 155 mph – 250 km/h.
The N badge first appeared last August but we’re talking now about a full blown model cooked up by the special unit – as the former only had 115 horsepower under the hood, so there was little excitement involved. Hyundai’s N division is diligently working on delivering a hardcore performance car next year – the i30 N is being promised by Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development. The version is going to use the basics of the third-generation i30 and more importantly it will have a tweaked engine and chassis.
Under the hood sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that was tested during the grueling Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. It finished 90th overall, with a fast lap of 9:55.636 and Biermann has tipped the model – a front wheel drive, will be capable of reaching up to 155 mph (250 km/h). A manual gearbox will keep purists happy and a more comfortable automatic is scheduled sometimes in 2018. The executive even hinted at the idea of an all wheel drive i30 N. No info on the technical specs has been released so far, but in an official video from Hyundai a benchmark showed the engine was delivering 263.9 PS (260 hp / 194 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 308.9 Nm (228.09 lb-ft) of torque. These numbers most likely aren’t final but Hyundai will anyways also come with an optional track-oriented performance package that will unleash even more performance credentials.