The i30 N is a crucial model for Hyundai, marking the debut of the newly minted N Performance division – and the South Korean automaker is obsessively teasing the high-performance hatch as many times as it can.
Fortunately, it will all come to an end towards the end of the month because the hot hatch is tipped for the first official presentation during the legendary 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. The automaker is now presenting the soundtrack coming from the engine and exhaust – which is nowhere nearly as impressive as the setup in the WRC machine – but still rock solid for a performance production car. The South Koreans – courtesy of a previous teaser – let us know the attractive roar can continue up until 6,750 rpm in a bid to conquer your heart before the VW Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST has a chance. Hyundai’s first performance car coming from the N Performance division is going to feature a direct competitor 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
We still don’t know the precise power measurements, but according to the rumor mill it will have either 250 or 275 hp. All that oomph will be directed towards the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a possible direct-shift automatic. Tweaks include the switch from electrical power steering to a mechanical setup and we can of course expect a stiffer suspension arrangement. There are also talks about two versions of the car coming out to play – standard one, very fun to drive and a more hardcore one, with a smart limited-slip differential.