Hyundai hot hatch coming soon
The 2018 Hyundai i30 N was officially unveiled overnight in the UK and has been confirmed for Australia.
Built by the brand’s new Hyundai ‘N’ division, the car is a genuine hot hatch and one that Hyundai hopes will go a long way to changing the image of the brand in Australia.
Hyundai is finally getting ‘sexy’.
Under the bonnet of the Hyundai i30 N is a four-cylinder 2.0 litre T-GDI turbo engine that delivers up to 202kW and 353Nm.
Power goes to the ground through a six-speed manual transmission, while an electronic limited slip diff is offered as part of an optional ‘Performance Pack’.
The car will come standard with launch control.
Beefed-up brakes, lowered sports-tuned suspension, aerodynamic body kit, unique paint colours and a choice of 18” and 19” alloy wheels complete the package.
Hyundai is promising a 6.4 second sprint to 100km/h in the i30 N.
In launching the model overnight, Hyundai stressed the i30 N is just as at home on the race track as the road.
The car features five drive modes ranging from Eco to Sport+.
While the exciting drive experience is boosted further with the addition of an engine sound generator inside the cabin which “provides some extra acoustic drama to match the mood of the driver”, according to Hyundai.
“The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package,” says Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President of the Hyundai N Performance Division.
“With the high-performance N models we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car on a winding road and listen to the sound of the engine.
“That’s why we measure high-performance in BPM, heart beats per minute instead of only RPM.”
We’ll bring you updated Australian availability info, as well as pricing and local specifications when confirmed by Hyundai Australia.
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