The 271 HP i30 N is Hyundai’s first real hot hatch


A couple of years prior, Hyundai reported “N” (Nurburgring), a special in-house tuning division that would make execution oriented versions of their autos. The division additionally runs its ultra successful WRC (World Rally Championship) team. Also, now they have manufactured a road car – the new 271 bhp Hyundai i30 N! The i30 N is based on the standard i30 five door hatch and has been fettled with by changing components across the board to give it ridiculous levels of performance for a small hatchback. This incidentally is also Hyundai’s first ever hot hatchback and no, before you ask, is probably not going to make it to India.

Under the hood, you get a 2-liter 4-cylinder GDI turbocharged petrol engine that makes 271 bhp of peak power and 353 Nm of peak torque. Like a proper driver’s auto deserves, the i30 N is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and not an automatic. The i30 N additionally gets rev matching tech, which automatically sets the motor RPM to peak performance levels between shifts to negate turbo lag.

The i30 N likewise includes an overboost function that increases control by around 8% and acceleration by around 7% when utilized for very short durations. So, considering the fact that the i30 N is tuned at the Nurburgring, real performance upgrades are on the chassis.

The i30 N gets 18-inch wheels with high performance Michelin tyres or 19-inch wheels with high performance Pirelli tyres. With the 18-inch wheels, the car is 4mm lower than the standard auto while with the 19-inch wheels, the i30 N is 8 mm lower than the standard auto. The i30 N likewise gets a standard limited slip differential and electronically configurable suspension. Regarding testing, the i30 N prototype mules have completed close to 500 hours of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The Hyundai i30 N is likewise visually different from the standard car. We have talked about the bigger wheels that you can choose with the N and they are done in a very typically Hyundai diamond cut design. The Hyundai i30 N likewise gets another set of front and back bumpers with a more aggressive design and a set of larger vents and air intakes to keep the internals cool.

The side skirt and the WRC influenced spoiler complete the sporty look while the red accents on the front and back bumper include that extra touch. The Hyundai i30 N likewise comes finished in a special blue colour. To round it all off, the i30 N gets a double exhaust setup with two large chrome exhaust tips. The exhaust likewise gets inbuilt valves that permits a louder exhaust note at the touch of a button in the cabin.