They look close on paper, but one must reign supreme

In one lane, you have the Hyundai i30N with a 2.0-liter, force-fed, four-banger that’s good for 271 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. In the other lane, you have the Renault Megane RS with a 1.8-liter, force-fed, four-banger that’s good for 276 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. The Megane RS manages to hit 62.1 mph in 5.8 seconds while the i30 N will make the same sprint in 6.1 seconds. Both cars are driven at the front wheels and both have a six-speed manual transmission. On paper, the two cars are very similar, but the Megane RS and it’s five extra ponies are also able to benefit from a slightly lower curb weight.

With all of this in mind, putting these two cars nose-to-nose on a drag strip will undoubtedly give us one hell of a close race, and that it did. Naturally, the lighter and more powerful Megane RS gets quite the jump on the baby Hyundai, but the i30 manages to make up a lot of ground over a short piece of asphalt. So, does the i30 N have enough oomph to get the lead by the time the flag drops? Well, one finishes the quarter-mile in 14.44 seconds and the other does it in 14.89 seconds – watch the video to see who manages to take home the win!

Hyundai i30 N vs. Renault Megane RS280 Cup Drag Race

Hyundai i30 N vs Penault Megane RS
Hyundai i30 N Renault Megane RS
Engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo direct injection
Transmission: six-speed manual Dual-clutch EDC automatic gearbox
Horsepower: 271 HP @ 6,000 RPM 280 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 260 LB-FT @ 1,450 RPM 287 LB-FT @ 2,400 RPM
0-to-62 mph: 6.1 seconds 5.8 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph 158.5 mph
Curb weight: 3,307 pounds 3,152 pounds
Power-to-weight ratio 12.7lbs/HP 12.3 lbs /HP
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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