Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | posted July 12, 2016 10:55
Hyundai's entrant to the hot hatch segment may well be underway
Set for its debut in 2017, Hyundai’s new hot hatch was recently seen testing with the whole car draped almost entirely in black camo wrap. The i30 N, as it will be called, will be the first among a series of vehicles in Hyundai’s N performance model lineup.
Supposedly fitted with a 2.0L turbocharged inline four pushing between 243 to 263 PS, the i30 N will come in two trims; namely the base model N and a ‘performance pack’ N variant. According to Albert Biermann, head of the “N” brand and former BMW M chief engineer, the i30 will likely not be the most powerful in its class but will be the most fun to drive.
Changes to the standard i30 – apart from an aggressive bodykit as well as the uprated motor – include a faster and more direct gearshift, stiffer engine and transmission mounts, a more sensitive and precise mechanical power steering, ABS and suspension tuned to suit the high-performance tires fitted to the car, and a new front axle knuckle for sharper turn-in. We could possibly expect a six-speed manual gearbox or a performance-oriented automatic to find its way into the i30 N.
Judging from the photos provided, the i30 N gains a deeper front fascia that contains larger air ducting as well as a wider side skirts to match. Sources indicate that the rear bumper has also seen some revisions as well as a pair of exhaust pipes protruding from it.
While 2017 is quite some time away, looks to be that development for the i30 N is well underway for its debut next year.