2017 Hyundai i30

2017 Hyundai i30
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  • Hyundai i30
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    2017
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    8 sec. (Est.)
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    125 mph (Est.)
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    € 12500 (Est.)
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New i30 to tackle VW Golf with more aggressive design and upscale interior

Even though it unveiled the facelifted i30 range at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai didn’t waste time and began testing the next-generation model the same year. Come 2016 and the South Korean company has introduced the redesigned, third-generation i30 at the Paris Motor Show. Overhauled from the ground up, the new i30 adopted Hyundai’s new and more angular design language, which we already saw on the smaller i20 and i10. The hatchback is also brand-new on the inside, where it showcases a cleaner and more modern layout, as well as the latest technology Hyundai can offer.

"We have listened closely to customer needs in redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. It’s the new people’s car: accessible, appealing in design and great to drive,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features we offer everything today’s digital natives and modern customers expect.” The third-gen i30 went on sale for the 2017 model year and spawned a wagon versions, as well as the company’s first high-performance model wearing the "N" badge. In 2017, Hyundai also launched a sedan-like Fastback variant The third-generation i30 will also cross the pond to the U.S., where it will be sold as the Elantra GT.

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2018 Hyundai i30 N 'N Option'

2018 Hyundai i30 N ’N Option’

Who needs aftermarket when you can get the goods straight from the factory?

The Hyundai i30N ’N Option’ is the i30 N customized to your preferences. Yes, the i30 N is already one of the best hot hatches on the market, but Hyundai reckons their customers want to make the cars their own, which is where the ’N Option’ steps in.

The Korean manufacturer thinks the 274-horsepower i30 N could take on some visual enhancements to make it look even meaner. That’s why Hyundai brought the i30 N ’N Option’ Concept to Paris. Yes, a concept, not the production-ready version. Granted, Hyundai assures us that this concept is the face of things to come in terms of ways you can personalize your own i30 N - as well as other Hyundais from the N lineup in the future.

Performance figures weren’t altered with the ’N Option’, but we don’t think that is a must. I mean, the i30 N already has a top speed of 155 mph from that buzzing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot and 260 pound-feet of torque at just 1,500 rpm.

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2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback

2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback

An affordable Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan?

The i30 N is the high-performance version of the Hyundai’s compact i30 hatchback. Now that it has a competitor for the popular Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai is launching an N-prepped version of the i30 Fastback model, basically creating a new niche on the affordable performance car market.

Essentially identical to its hatchback sibling, the i30 N Fastback employs the same aerodynamic package on the outside and the same extra features on the inside. Even the engine is identical, so you will benefit from both tunes if you want a sedan instead of the hatchback. The good news here, besides the diversity factor, is that there’s a chance that the i30 N Fastback might come to the U.S. Until that happens, let’s find out more about its features and performance.

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2019 Hyundai i30

2019 Hyundai i30

Popular Korean Hatchback Gently Freshened Up

The Hyundai i30 (better known as theElantra GT), just received a small update in Europe. Hyundai made it compliant with the features shown on the i30 Fastback, introduced new versions of its diesel engine and granted a bit more equipment for one of the most important cars it has ever introduced on the old continent. The new Hyundai i30 does not differ a lot from the last year’s car.

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Breaking: An All-Electric Hyundai N Performance Model Will Happen When the Time is Right

Breaking: An All-Electric Hyundai N Performance Model Will Happen When the Time is Right

It’s a matter of "when" it’s going to happen, not "if" it’s going to happen

Hyundai’s N performance brand will eventually have an electric model within its ranks, so says the company’s engineering chief, Albert Biermann. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, though. For now, the N sub-brand will continue to roll out the i30 N, i30 N Fastback, and Veloster N until 2021. Only then will the company begin entertaining the thought of introducing more advanced N products, one of which, at least according to Biermann, is an electric performance model.

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The Hyundai i30 N Line Isn't A Hot-Hatch, Yet It Looks Stimulating Like One

The Hyundai i30 N Line Isn’t A Hot-Hatch, Yet It Looks Stimulating Like One

Hyundai has come a long way. Like, a really, really, long way. Remember the old Hyundai Accent? It was a strangely underwhelming machine even when new. Last night I was strolling through the streets and suddenly came across the new Hyundai i30 (the Elantra GT.) It was dark outside, the car was black, and you know what, the new i30 did not look underwhelming. Not a bit. It’s a hatch I wouldn’t mind driving, owning or, in its most potent N form, racing. Now, the Europeans get a new version of the i30 to spice the things up a bit. The N Line! I did not use “spice up” only by chance. Hyundai actually titled the press release with “Spice up your driveway,” and I get them. With body additions inspired by the top of the line i30 N, the new i30 N Line feels lively and rambunctious. Especially in red.

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Hyundai N Boss Keeps Throwing Shade At BMW, Now Accuses Bimmer As Being Too M Happy

Hyundai N Boss Keeps Throwing Shade At BMW, Now Accuses Bimmer As Being Too M Happy

There doesn’t appear to be any love lost here

Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann knows what it takes to build a range of performance cars. He did for years as the main man over at BMW’s M Division. But now that he’s switched from the M to the N, Biermann has taken great lengths to criticize his former employer every chance he gets. This time, Biermann didn’t mince his words, saying that BMW has resorted to slapping the M badge on every model it sees. Shots fired, again.

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Video of the Day: Volkswagen Gold GTi vs Hyundai I30 N

Video of the Day: Volkswagen Gold GTi vs Hyundai I30 N

Can the newcomer to the segment, the Hyundai i30 N, take on an old dog like the Volkswagen Golf GTi? Well, it certainly can, and it does it well, but everything isn’t always as it seems since the Golf GTi used in this video isn’t the highest-producing dog in the stable. As such, the I30N had a good 45 horsepower on it. So, it wasn’t exactly fair, but it’s still fun to watch the Hyundai cream the Volkswagen back-to-back-to-back. Check out the video below for yourself!

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Video of the Day: Hyundai i30N Squares Off with the Peugeot 308 GTi

Video of the Day: Hyundai i30N Squares Off with the Peugeot 308 GTi

Two hatchbacks, one track, the ultimate showdown

Peugeot, Volkswagen, and even Ford all have a major history in the “hot hatch” market, and then you’ve got Hyundai who recently decided to venture into previously uncharted waters with the i30 N hatchback. Developed by Hyundai’s N division, it delivers 271 horsepower in range-topping form, has front-wheel drive, and a lovely six-speed manual. And, it might look like a Golf GTI fighter since it lives in the same niche, but it’s real competition, at least on paper, is the Peugeot 308 GTi, which comes to the fight with 268 ponies from a turbo, 1.6-liter, four-banger. With both models rocking out similar specs in the power department, which one is actually better all comes down how they perform on the track. And, that’s exactly what Auto Express has done. Check out the video below to see which one reigns supreme!

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2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR

2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR

Prepped for the Pirelli World Challenge

Launched for the 2018 model year, the i30 N is Hyundai first high-performance vehicle for the road. Although the N division is a few years old and responsible for the company’s solid rally campaign, road-going cars wearing this badge are still to come. While the i30 N already available in Europe, a similar version of the brand-new Veloster is coming to the U.S. in 2018. The i30 won’t make it on this side of the pond for road use, but Hyundai wants to use the beefed-up hatchback on the race track. Meet the i30 N TCR, Hyundai’s weapon of choice for the Pirelli World Challenge.

Showcased for the first time at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the i30 N TCR was launched alongside Hyundai’s new partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport. The result of this collaboration is a factory-sponsored race team that uses two versions of Hyundai’s i30 N TCR race cars currently available to customers in Europe. Bryan Herta will also develop all aspects of the team, including technicians, drivers, coaching, and management.

As the name suggests, the i30 N TCR will compete in the Touring Car Racing division of the Pirelli World Championship. The season kicks off in March and ends in September after six events across the U.S. You’ll be able to see the i30 N TCR on March 23-25 in Texas, April 27-29 in Virginia, May 25-28 in Connecticut, July 13-15 in Oregon, August 10-12 in Utah, and August 31 - September 2 in New York.

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The Hyundai i30 N Comes to the U.S., But Only as a Race Car

The Hyundai i30 N Comes to the U.S., But Only as a Race Car

TCR-spec hatchback makes debut in Chicago

Unveiled in 2017 as the company’s first road-going model built by the recently established N brand, the Hyundai i30 N isn’t available in the U.S. However, the performance hatchback just made its North American debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Don’t get overly excited though, as only a race-spec version of the hatchback will flex its muscle on U.S. soil. Specifically, Hyundai will race the i30 N in the Touring Car Racing (TCR) class of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season.

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Hyundai Throws Shade at Volkswagen, Claims The i30 N is Better Than The Golf GTI

Hyundai Throws Shade at Volkswagen, Claims The i30 N is Better Than The Golf GTI

German automaker returns fire with a putdown of its own

Three weeks into 2018 and we’re already seeing a brewing word war between Hyundai and Volkswagen. Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann is apparently not a fan of the Volkswagen GTI, and he made his thoughts known by calling out the German hot hatch as a lightweight compared to the i30 N. It didn’t take long, though, for Volkswagen to return fire, dismissing Hyundai as an upstart that still needs to know its place in the hot hatch hierarchy. Let the word war continue.

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Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We're Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Are you ready to ring in the new year with a car purchase or two?

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

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Hyundai And Pirelli's Tire Collaboration Proves The Importance of Rubbers

Hyundai And Pirelli’s Tire Collaboration Proves The Importance of Rubbers

These tires are created specifically for the Hyundai I30 N hatchback

The importance of good, quality tires in the day-to-day function of a car can’t be understated. It’s important enough that companies like Michelin and Bridgestone continue to spend money- to the tune of millions - to develop new technology and improve tire performance. For its part, Pirelli is in this same group, which is why it’s not a shock to learn that the Italian tire maker has collaborated with Hyundai to develop a specific set of tailor-made tires that will be exclusively used by the Hyundai i30 N.

It’s no secret that Hyundai has high hopes for the success of the i30 N. Considered as the backbone of the Korean automaker’s just-launched N Performance division, part of that success hinges on how the hot hatch will compete against its more established rivals, including the Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Developing these exclusive tires, called the Pirelli P Zero Ultra High-Performance summer tires, is one way to do that, since, according to Pirelli, they were developed specifically for the i30 N’s driving characteristics. The tires even find their roots in the company’s “Perfect Fit” portfolio, a sub-segment of Pirelli that creates individual tires for specific applications. All put together; the P Zero UHPs were instrumental in helping the i30 N log a staggering 6,213 miles (10,000 kilometers) around the Nurburgring. Whether all of that testing and development is enough to help the hot hatch compete against the old guards of the segment remains to be seen, but you can’t deny that Hyundai is going all-out to make sure that its first offering under the N performance brand lives up to the hype.

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Hyundai i30 N Creates Smashing First Impression As First Edition Models Sell Out In Two Days

Hyundai i30 N Creates Smashing First Impression As First Edition Models Sell Out In Two Days

The German market scooped up all First Edition units faster than anybody expected

If there were any concerns about Hyundai’s N performance division’s goal of conquering the ultra-competitive world of hot hatchbacks, those questions and concerns should be put to bed. Not only did Hyundai make a smashing first impression with the i30 N, it created a vacuum of demand and interest in the hot hatch that culminated with the first 100 First Edition models of the hot hatch selling out in Germany in a matter of two days.

Two days. That’s all it took for German customers to scoop up all 100 units of the i30 N First Edition models. It may not sound too impressive at first glance, but considering that the i30 N is a completely new model that’s looking to break ground in a market dominated by so many competitors, and the narrative surrounding the surprisingly hot-selling hot hatch starts to change. The truth is that while the i30 N has been developed to compete against the best of the best in its segment, there are no assurances that it would be successful from the get-go. That’s how competitive the hot hatch market is. Turns out, the i30 N is more than up to the challenge as shown by the demand for the 100 First Edition models. There’s no word yet on whether Hyundai Deutschland plans to add more First Edition models to accommodate this who missed out on it, but it is offering the same people the chance to have their names on a waiting list for the hot hatch in the event one of the 100 models becomes available.

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2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback

2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback

The i30 joins the four-door sedan market!

The third-generation Hyundai i30 arrived in 2016 as a significant makeover of the previous model. Redesigned inside and out, the hatchback gained Hyundai’s latest design language, as well as a host of new features and tech that moved the i30 a bit closer to the premium market. As usual, the hatchback also received a longer, wagon version, but for the very first time since its introduction in 2007, it also got a higher performance variant developed by the company’s N division. Come 2017 and the i30 also gained its first-ever sedan version.

Dubbed i30 Fastback, it’s not a traditional four-door sedan, but it’s the closest thing to a three-box design to wear the "i30" badge. The Fastback rounds off the i30’s largest vehicle lineup in history and enables the nameplate to better compete with the sedan version of the Ford Focus, as well as extremely popular four-door compacts such as the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. Find out how it compared to some of the world’s best-selling vehicles in the review below.

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2018 Hyundai i30 N

2018 Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai makes a hot hatch sharpened at the ‘Ring

In 2013, Hyundai announced the launch of N Performance, a sub-brand tasked with developing Hyundai’s performance-oriented models and managing the brand’s World Rally Championship efforts. Now, four years later, we have this – the i30 N, the first production model to carry the go-faster N badge. Based on the recently launched third-generation i30 hatchback, Hyundai boasts the i30 N saw extensive development time at the Nurburgring, completing upwards of 10,000 km (6,214 miles) at the Nordschleife on its way to hot-hatch stardom. Further performance cred comes from a stint at the ADAC 24-hours endurance race (also held at the ‘Ring), not to mention Hyundai’s experience competing in the WRC. Model highlights include a turbo four-cylinder making as much as 270 horsepower, a six-speed manual gearbox, and race-bred suspension and chassis components, all of which add up to an exciting new entry in an increasingly competitive segment.

That said, Hyundai is gonna need to bring it’s A game if it hopes to stand up to such standard bearers as the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST. Clearly, the Hyundai i30 N can talk the talk, but the question remains – can it walk the walk?

Updated 07/14/2017: The Hyundai i30 N has made its official debut! Read on for all the details.

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2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon

2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon

The Four door hatchback get’s a bigger booty and "Wagon" added to its name.

Sold as the Elantra GT here in the U.S. and the Hyundai I30 in the rest of the world, Hyundai’s resident hatchback entered its third generation for the 2017 model year. The four-door hatchback has already made its debut, and now we’re looking at the I30 Wagon. It features a new, angular look on the outside with a cleaner and more modern layout on the inside. Standard technology includes things like a rear-view camera, phone connectivity via Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto, or Apple Car Play. Under the hood, the I30 comes complete with a handful of engines that includes a new, turbocharged four-banger that delivers 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque and a new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder that delivers 118 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter diesel with 108 horsepower.

In most cases, shorter models turned wagon usual differ very little, and that’s the case with the I30 wagon. It should be identical to the four-door hatch from the rear doors forward, but to the rear, there are some other minor differences outside of the longer boot. So far, it looks like the third-generation i30 lineup will include a four-door hatch, a four-door coupe, and this wagon. But it’s not all gravy because that means it’s unlikely that we’ll see the sportiest of all, the three-door i30 hatch, in this generation.

Thomas Burkle, the Chief Designer at Hyundai’s Design Center in Europe, said, “The New Generation i30 Tourer speaks the language of the i30 family in terms of design, and it carries the new Hyundai family identity – the Cascading Grille, the tapering roofline and the dynamic proportions give the Tourer an almost coupé-like silhouette. The sleek and dynamic profile is further emphasized by a rich chrome frame surrounding the side windows.”

So, we’ll go ahead and let that sink in a little as we talk a little bit about this wagon and what it brings to the third-generation i30 lineup.

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No Nürburgring Record Attempt For Hyundai i30 N

No Nürburgring Record Attempt For Hyundai i30 N

Hot hachbacks focus will be on "driver experience" instead of outright power and performance

Anytime a new hot hatchback makes the headlines, a lot of people inevitably expect it to make a run at the Nürburgring to see if it has what it takes to crack the record set by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S when it blitzed the race track in 7:49.21 back in May 2016. The Golf’s lap time was 1.4 seconds faster than the Honda Civic Type R’s lap time of 7:50.63 so now that it holds the lap record for a front-wheel-drive car, everyone wants to know which FWD is going to unseat it. This brings us to Hyundai’s upcoming i30 N, a car that we just saw in preview form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the i30 N, but Hyundai doused some of that buzz when it announced that it had no plans of trooping to the ‘Ring to break the front-wheel drive record for production cars that’s currently held by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Sorry, folks, but if you were looking for the i30 N to test itself around the ‘Ring like most hot hatchbacks have done recently, Hyundai U.K. CEO Tony Whitehorn has said that it’s not going to happen. Speaking with Autocar, Whitehorn said that instead of putting time and resources on setting a Nürburgring lap time record, Hyundai has a bigger and more important goal for the i30 N. "It’s got to be a halo vehicle," he said. “Our brand has moved from being a budget brand to a mainstream one. What we now need to do is add personality. N is the brand to do it with, and now is the right time to do it."

While he didn’t specifically say that the Nürburgring lap record was a no-go, a Hyundai spokesman did tell Autocar that Hyundai’s main focus for the i30 N is to give it the best “driver experience” out of all the performance hatchbacks in the segment, even if it comes at the expense of the kind of outright performance necessary to beat out the Golf GTI Clubsport S.

It’s an interesting stance to make considering that the i30 N can trace its development roots to the Nürburgring; it was essentially born and bred there. That said, it’s base form only packs around 260 horsepower; that number falls dramatically short of the 306-horsepower Golf GTI Clubsport S so even if it did try to set a Nürburgring lap time, it’s unlikely to be able to beat out the time of the hardcore Golf hot hatch, let alone the Honda Civic Type R’s own lap time. Hyundai did confirm that the i30 N will get a more hardcore variant in the near future, so that could be better equipped to make a run at the lap time set by the Golf GT Clubsport S, right?

Well, not really, because all signs point to that model, likely to be called the i30 N Plus, getting fitted with all-wheel drive, thus making it ineligible to take a shot at the Volkswagen’s record.

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Hyundai RN30 Concept Features a Powerful Engine, AWD, and Lots of Lightweight Materials

Hyundai RN30 Concept Features a Powerful Engine, AWD, and Lots of Lightweight Materials

A racing concept that previews Hyundai’s future high-performance plans

The slick little speed hatch you see here is called the RN30 Concept, and it just broke cover at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Using the latest-generation i30 as a foundation, Hyundai built the RN30 as a track-only specialty that showcases the company’s performance chops.

Making it go is a modified 2.0-liter engine, the same powerplant slated for use in a forthcoming high-performance production model. Extra grunt is added courtesy of a larger turbocharger, with forged engine components installed to handle the increased boost. All told, Hyundai says output peaks at 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque, far surpassing the current road-going i30’s 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.

Complementing the high-strung 2.0-liter is a variety of weight saving measures, including a stripped-down interior, and extensive use of a new high-performance plastic. Hyundai says it wasn’t satisfied with the current crop of carbon fiber-reinforced polymers out there, so it developed its own material with the chemical company BASF to create something that’s strong, lightweight, and funny enough, environmentally friendly.

Cog swaps are handled by a wet-type dual-clutch transmission, which sends the muscle to the pavement via a high-performance AWD system and electronic limited-slip differential setup. There’s also a “sport mode” and Electronic Variable Exhaust, although I don’t know why you’d need anything other than max attack for a race car.

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Hyundai Launches Aggressive-Looking, Race-Ready RN30 Concept in Paris

Hyundai Launches Aggressive-Looking, Race-Ready RN30 Concept in Paris

Previews i30 N performance hatchback aimed at Golf R and Focus RS

Hyundai took this year’s Paris Motor Show by storm with two exciting production cars, including the redesigned i30, but none are as hot as the RN30 concept. And not because concept cars are usually more futuristic than production models. In this case, the exciting part has to do with the fact that the RN30 previews the company’s upcoming line of performance road cars, the first of which will be the i30 N.

As the name suggests, the show car is based on the new-generation i30. This is also evident in the styling cues, but the concept is obviously an extremely beefed-up version of the standard hatchback. Actually, it looks like a car that’s ready to hit the race track and to some extent it reminds me of the rally-spec i20 WRC.

Much like the race car that brought Hyundai back into rallying, the RN30 concept was developed by the company’s Motorsport division in Germany. Although based on the i30, the two share only a few styling features outside the general shape, the headlamps and the front grille. The hatchback sports a vented hood, beefed-up fenders and side skirts, and a comprehensive aerodynamic kit that includes a revised grille, winglets, a big splitter, and a roof wing that embraces the entire upper section of the tailgate.

Although the headlamps and taillights are also based on the standard model, they’ve been revised throughout, featuring square LED units integrated into blacked-out frames. The rear diffuser is out of this world, being a massive carbon piece with two big exhaust pipes at the center. Visually, the RN30 is one menacing concept. It aggressive design is backed by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine that cranks out an amazing 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque.

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2017 Hyundai i30

2017 Hyundai i30

New i30 to tackle VW Golf with more aggressive design and upscale interior

Even though it unveiled the facelifted i30 range at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai didn’t waste time and began testing the next-generation model the same year. Come 2016 and the South Korean company has introduced the redesigned, third-generation i30 at the Paris Motor Show. Overhauled from the ground up, the new i30 adopted Hyundai’s new and more angular design language, which we already saw on the smaller i20 and i10. The hatchback is also brand-new on the inside, where it showcases a cleaner and more modern layout, as well as the latest technology Hyundai can offer.

"We have listened closely to customer needs in redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. It’s the new people’s car: accessible, appealing in design and great to drive,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features we offer everything today’s digital natives and modern customers expect.” The third-gen i30 went on sale for the 2017 model year and spawned a wagon versions, as well as the company’s first high-performance model wearing the "N" badge. In 2017, Hyundai also launched a sedan-like Fastback variant The third-generation i30 will also cross the pond to the U.S., where it will be sold as the Elantra GT.

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2016 Hyundai RM16 Concept

2016 Hyundai RM16 Concept

Hyundai’s first N Performance hatchback moves closer to production

In 2013, Hyundai announced plans to launch N Performance, a sub-brand that will develop performance-oriented versions of the company’s existing products and handle its ambitious World Rally Championship program. Three years have passed since then and we have yet to see N-badged cars on the road, but that’s not to say that Hyundai hasn’t been working hard to achieve its goals. The Koreans have made tremendous progress in the World Rally Championship and unleashed a handful of race-inspired concepts as of 2016. Its latest creation goes by the name RM16 and was unveiled to the world at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show in South Korea.

Essentially a new development of the Racing Midship (RM) program that debuted in 2012, the Hyundai RM16 follows in the footsteps of the RM14 and RM15, which were showcased in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

"RM models will continue to play an important role as the ‘rolling lab’ in the development of our future high-performance ‘N’ cars," said Albert Biermann, head of Hyundai’s Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development.

Although the Korean brand declined to say how much of the RM16 will make it on a production model, it is believed that the upcoming i30 N will be heavily based on this concept car. And, with the performance hatchback reportedly scheduled to arrive in 2017, the RM16 might be the last show car to preview the production model. But until Hyundai launches its first N-badged car, let’s have a closer look at what the RM16 adds to the previous Racing Midship concept.

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Hyundai Preparing i30 N For 2017 Launch

Hyundai Preparing i30 N For 2017 Launch

First full-blown N-model could pack a top speed of 155 mph

While it’s technically not the first N-badged model to hit the market – the woefully underpowered Hyundai i20 N was released in August 2015 – the i30 N is being billed as the first full-blown model to be billed under the Korean automaker’s new performance division and it’s scheduled to arrive in 2017.

Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development, made the proclamation to Autocar, making it the first time a Hyundai official has gone on record to confirm that the i30 N will be the first Hyundai model to receive the N performance treatment. Biermann’s announcement is a welcome development for those who have been pining to see what Hyundai had in store for its N division and to his credit, he divulged more details about the car than most people expected.

The biggest, and arguably most impressive detail about the i30 N is its use of a use a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will be mated to a manual transmission. An automatic gearbox will also be offered, but that will arrive sometime in 2018. Details surrounding the output of the i30 N weren’t mentioned, but there has been some buzz surrounding a video released by Hyundai last week that showed the new turbo-four engine packing an output of 260 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. It’s not by any means the actual number that we can expect to see from the i30 N, but knowing that the engine is capable of producing that much is a sign that Hyundai could have a beast of a hatch in store for the market. In any event, Biermann also divulged that the performance hatchback could reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Other upgrades over the standard i30 are also in the cards for the N version. Among those that Biermann enumerated include an electronically adjusted limited-slip differential, increased brake performance, a modified gearbox, and a modified exhaust system. An optional track-oriented performance package could also be in the cards, one that could fetch even more power for the new turbo-four engine.

Last but certainly not least is the price. A car that could offer these kind of specs is expected to fetch a pretty penny, but according to Biermann, the i30 N could be priced in the vicinity of under £30,000, which would be around $43,800 based on current exchange rates.

Note: upcoming Hyundai i30 pictured here.

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2017 Hyundai i30 Begins Testing: Spy Shots

2017 Hyundai i30 Begins Testing: Spy Shots

The Hyundai i30, or the Hyundai Elantra GT as it’s called on U.S. shores, is entering its third generation for the 2017 model year, and it appears that testing for the new car in well underway at Hyundai’s European test center in Germany. Our photographers spotted this test mule recently, and though its wearing several layers of camo, there appears to be a fully realized car under it all.

Overall, the next i30 appears to have a more upright stance than the current model. Its new nose appears to be more blunt, and the new horizontally situated headlamps are dramatically different from the current ones. The creased accent line just below the side windows appears to be toned down as well. Like the current car, the next i30 will be available in several body styles, including a five-door (pictured here), sedan and possibly three-door and coupe configurations too.

The engine lineup will consist of an updated range of turbocharged, four-cylinder, gasoline and diesel engines. Current rumors also suggest the 2017 i30 will be the first car to get some sporty upgrades from Hyundai’s newly created N performance division. The i30 N variant should get more power (over 200 horsepower seems likely), firmer suspension and some visual tweaks to differentiate it from normal i30s.

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2014 Hyundai RS i30

Not only have Hyundai and Kia been busy making their lineups more complete, reliable, and desirable, but they have also been working on introducing higher-performance models, like the Genesis Coupe and Genesis R-Spec. One model that some of us have been wondering if Hyundai would ever give the high-performance treatment to is the Elantra GT, which is known as the i30 in other markets.

Well, the Elantra GT may not be getting the high-performance nod, but it looks as if it is in the cards for its i30 brother, as reports are emerging that Hyundai will release a high-performance i30 dubbed the RS i30 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. We anticipate this new model to feature the same 200-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the Veloster Turbo and compete with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and Renault Megane RS.

From the reports, we expect to see a slightly lower body, more aggressive styling, sport seats with contrasting stitching, and sporty accents throughout the interior. We will also likely see improvements to the braking system, like larger diameter rotors, to help bring this more powerful 5-door hatch to a stop.

Given the slow-for-a-performance-hatchback 6.9-second sprint to 60 mph that the Veloster Turbo gives us, don’t expect the significantly heavier i30 to be anything more than a 7.3- to 7.5-second car to 60 mph. The only way the RS i30 will impress us is if Hyundai completely revises the 1.6-liter engine to pump out more ponies and dip its 0-to-60 number to under 7 seconds, but we don’t see that happening.

There is no information on whether the i30 will actually make it to production nor if its drivetrain will make it into the Elantra GT. We’ll keep an eye out for more leaks to come down the wire.

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2013 Hyundai i30 Wagon

2013 Hyundai i30 Wagon

The second model in Hyundai’s new i30 family will be making its world debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new i30 wagon will borrow everything from its five-door hatch brother, except, of course, for the fact that its overall length will be increased by 185 mm and it will offer increased trunk space: from 378-liters to 528-liters.

The Hyundai i30’s exterior will be distinguished by Hyundai’s hexagon-shaped grille and jewel-like headlamps. On the side, it has received a pronounced swage line that runs horizontally and rises all the way to the rear lights. The rear windscreen wraps around the D-pillars, increasing interior luminosity and benefiting visibility.

Under the hood, Hyundai will place the same engine line-up found in the hatchback version: three petrol engines and three diesel engines with power ranging from 90 to 135 HP.

Full details will be unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

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2012 Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

2012 Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

Just four years after its first unveiling, the Hyundai i30 has entered its second generation with its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The i30 shares its platform with the Kia C’eed and the new generation benefits from Hyundai’s latest "fluidic sculpture" – the company’s distinctive design DNA.

Ever since its debut in 2007, there has been over 360,000 i30 units sold in Europe - making the i30 one of the most successful models on the market, but Hyundai hopes to improve upon that number with the new generation.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: "We expect the new-generation i30 to play a significant role in developing our sales and brand image in Europe, taking on the leading vehicles in the C-segment and joining the all-new i40 as a brand ambassador and quality benchmark for Hyundai."

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2010 Hyundai i-flow

2010 Hyundai i-flow

Back at the 2009 L.A. Auto show, Korean-based Hyundai vowed to be green by reducing their vehicle’s mass across the entire range and therefore improve their MPG ratings. As a follow up to their promise, Hyundai unveiled the forward-thinking i-flow concept car in March of 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. The i-flow was chock full of innovations from BASF Chemical company, and incorporated numerous new technologies including innovative lightweight materials and alternative power sources like solar cells — innovations the not only reduced the vehicle’s curb weight but improved its energy efficiency as well.

The i-flow concept’s flowing body lines are designed not only to cut through the air with greater ease and exceptional aerodynamics, but also catch the eye of any onlookers walking the show floor in Geneva. While the "i" prefix clearly identifies the innovative concept as a member of the Hyundai family and their commitment to technological automotive innovation and fuel efficiency.

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2008 Hyundai i30 iBlue

2008 Hyundai i30 iBlue

Hyundai announced a range of Blue vehicles that will offer emissions below the crucial 120g/km barrier. First to be revealed is the i30 Blue that will go on sale in September at a price of £13,155.

The i30 hatchback is powered by the familiar and acclaimed 1.6-litre CRDi engine and offers better value than low emission rivals, including the offerings from Ford and Volkswagen.

In addition the i-Blue badge will also be used on all i10 models which produce less than 120g/km. The introduction of the new 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine, available from September, means this will apply to every i10 with a manual transmission.

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2008 Hyundai i-Blue

2008 Hyundai i-Blue

Originally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, the i-blue concept is an optimized combination of currently available technologies (i-blue package) with a completely new engine that is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG.) the i-blue was shown in three different variations — the i30, i10 and i10 CNG.

The i30 blue is powered by a 1.6CRDi diesel engine that delivers 90 hp. It emits an impressively low 125 g/km CO2.

The i10 blue the i10 brought a new sophistication to the entry level of the Hyundai range. The highly economic 75PS new 1.1CRDi 5-door already has a very low emission level of just 114 g/km CO2. With the essential elements of the i-blue package, this can be reduced to just 95 g/km. A meaningful 17% reduction.

The i10 blue CNG - the ultimate solution of an ecologically optimized vehicle however is achieved through the bivalent combination of the newly developed 0.8L 3-cylinder turbocharged engine (98PS) and a CNG application. In this package, the i10 blue CNG reaches class leading level of just 65g/km CO2.

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Hyundai i30 - Australian Car of the Year

Hyundai i30 - Australian Car of the Year

Hyundai has scored a major coup, beating a field of the world’s best cars to win the 2007 CARSguide Car of the Year award with its diesel-powered i30 hatchback. Praised by the judging panel for its style, handling and performance features, the i30 was also voted CARSguide Green Car of the Year in recognition of its small turbodiesel’s frugal and eco-friendly performance.

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Hyundai i30 to get GTi badge

Hyundai i30 to get GTi badge

Hyundai i30 will be available with a GTi version when it will be available in September. It will be called the "Sport Package" it will be a serious competition for the Ford Focus.

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Hyundai i30 first coming to Europe

Hyundai i30 first coming to Europe

The newly unveiled i30 station wagon will be available in both European and US market, but firsts to benefit from the latest Hyundai station wagon will be the Europeans. The station wagon version is not the only one to come first in Europen; all the other versions of the car will come in Europe first starting late 2008.
The first i30 body style, a five-door hatchback, will be introduced in Europe this summer, but not be sold in the US. The hatchback is built in Korea now, but production of (...)

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