Hyundai has given an ETA of the first car in the company’s brand new N performance project - the Hyundai i30 N will be arriving in the UK early 2018. Being the first true hot hatch the manufacturer has ever made, they have made sure to bring a lot to the table. Developed by the ex-head of BMW’s M car division Albert Biermann, the i30 N is set to rival cars such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. While the i30 N lacks the raw power possessed by the higher end performing Honda Civic Type R, it does feature an electronic limited slip differential, striking colour and a raspy exhaust note.
The starting price will be around £24995 RRP. The low down punch of the 2.0 litre 4 cylinder turbo engine means you drive almost always on boost, pulling you from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. An extra £3000 (£27995 RRP) will get you the performance package boasting 275 bhp which launches you 0.3s faster towards the national speed limit, with the 0-60 being 6.1 seconds – that’s Golf GTI territory! The performance package also features Pirelli P-Zero tyres, 19 inch alloy wheels, larger red brake calipers and an option to open the exhaust valve to increase the sound of the exhaust note. As the car is not currently in production it’s hard to gauge the fuel economy of the car but the manufacturer states the average consumption will be about 39.8mpg, which is similar to the stated mpg as a top of the range i30 model with the 1.6 turbo petrol engine.The most unique part about this car is the electronically controlled limited-slip differential, allowing you to push hard in the corners, hitting any apex and come out on the other side with a smile on your face.
Compared to the base model i30, the N variant has some serious road presence, showing a sportier side to the manufacturer's future production. The styling features placements of black accents surrounding the bumpers, front grill, headlights, side skirts and spoiler. As the icing on the cake the i30 N is the first model to wear the N badge, sitting off centre of the front grill. If you aren’t a fan of the new Performance Blue colour, the i30 N will also be available in Polar White, Clean Slate, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine red.
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