Want the performance pedigree of Hyundai's newest hot hatch but prefer a more practical body style? Worry no longer as Hyundai has officially revealed a new version of the i30 N. Called the i30 Fastback N, it serves as the other alternative to the standard five-door that was revealed last July 2017.
Based off the standard Fastback body style (which was also revealed last year), the i30 Fastback N gets the same performance upgrades as the hot hatch, albeit in a more stylish coupe-like design. It packs a turbocharged engine, a sportier exterior, more high-tech features, as well as a unique Performance Package that ups the horsepower by 25.
Starting with the front fascia, it gets a chin spoiler painted in red which highlights the car's sporting pedigree. Meanwhile, the headlight bezels, Cascading Grill and lower air intakes are painted black just like the i30 N hatchback. To remind everyone that this is no ordinary four-door, the grill itself gets a distinct 'N' badge for all to see. Around the back, the rear bumper gets a red-painted diffuser along with dual exhausts. It also has a trunk spoiler accented in black, reflecting the same styling applique done on the i30 N hot hatch.
Inside, a slew of high-tech features provide the necessary in-car amenities. An 8-inch touchscreen display comes as standard. There's also a dedicated 'N' mode screen which allows drivers to customize their settings for the engine, rev-matching, exhaust sound and Performance Package options. Further highlighting the i30 Fastback N's added performance comes courtesy of the red contrast stitching on the leather seats, red aircon vent surrounds, gear shifter boot and steering wheel.
Under the hood, the i30 Fastback N gets the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four from the hot hatch version. The Theta T-GDI engine is available in two states of tune: the standard 250 PS and the more powerful Performance Package which ups the ante to 275 PS. Torque for both engines, however, remain the same at 353 Nm. With the overboost function, pulling power can be temporarily raised to 378 Nm.
No dual-clutch gearboxes or automatic slush boxes here as the sole transmission option is a six-speed manual. With it, the standard i30 Fastback N can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds while the more powerful Performance Package can do it faster in 6.1 seconds. Top speed is rated at 250 km/h for both.
Besides getting the 'N' treatment, the new i30 Fastback N features Hyundai's SmartSense active safety and driving assist systems. This means it comes with features such as forward-collision avoidance, drive attention warning, lane-keeping assist, high-beam assist and intelligent speed limit warning.