The 2018 Hyundai i30 N will be the very first model from the South Korean brand to feature the performance car input form the newly minted sports division, and we can see it here hard at work testing on England’s winding roads.
The South Koreans have had us boiling about their first fully fledged “N” model for a long while and we’re starting to run low on steam – but perhaps the wait will be over this fall and Hyundai will finally present it in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show. After all, testing has been extensive on the Nurburgring, but they also reached Sweden for winter trials. The i30 N is now doing a scenic run of the UK’s “roughest roads.” The teaser video of course shows the car wearing lots of camouflage – but we’re still given various hints.
For example, we can see the redline will be at about 6,750 rpm and the i30 N will have selectable steering modes – while for now the i30 N seems to carry a six-speed manual transmission, with rumors of a dual-clutch automatic also coming later on. The i30 N draws power from a new turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine packing 250 hp (186 KW) or 275 hp (205 kW) in flagship trim. The more hardcore version will also pack a wide array of other enhancements – such as an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential.