The South Korean automaker’s newly minted N Performance unit has been hard at work to develop the upcoming turbocharged i30 N but it appears they are also preparing two additional models.
This is according to the latest rumor flying off the mill, which quoted Hyundai N division boss Albert Biermann saying the N performance division will follow up its i30 N with at least two additional models. The first one should be here about half a year later than the i30 N, which is scheduled to hit the markets late in 2017. Those two new N models are apparently targeted specifically at buyers from the United States and China – meaning we could be looking at performance sedans. That’s because the i30 N covers the European fondness for hatchbacks and there are no performance SUVs on the roster (at least not yet). We also don’t know what motivates those two models but it’s safe to assume the N Performance division will reuse the i30 N’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine.
Biermann stressed the division is not focusing on SUVs just yet. “We have SUVs that are almost crying out, ‘make me go faster!’ But we are not focusing there yet,” he was quoted saying. “It’s all about the driving fun to start and, of course, the hatches, the sedans, and the coupes have a better basis for this.” Hyundai used the current edition of the Busan Motor Show to introduce the RM 16 N concept, which has a sporty setup: mid-mounted 2.0-liter engine with electric supercharger for 300 hp, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.
Via Car and Driver