2014 Hyundai RS i30

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2012 Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring) High Resolution Exterior
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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.


Source: Autoblog.it

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  (305) posted on 10.22.2012

although this car may not be faster than the golf gti, it will look damn hot. and if it will be cheaper, people might choose if over the vw. we will see.

  (312) posted on 10.22.2012

in the near future, it will be harder and harder to choose a good mid-priced car! but then again, competition will stimulate manufacturers to come with better solutions!

  (302) posted on 10.22.2012

if hyundai will keep up this rate of getting better, they will be better than fords, vw and other affordable cars!

  (305) posted on 10.22.2012

rs hyundai! that sounds good!

  (422) posted on 10.22.2012

the Coreen cars are not what they used to be. they are much better now, even better than other cars!

  (452) posted on 10.22.2012

it’s nice when competition comes along and that leads to more better cars.

  (475) posted on 10.22.2012

this will be the next hot hatchback. it will be cheaper than the golf, and will look better.

  (509) posted on 10.22.2012

will this beat the golf gti? no. will it be a good car? sure!

  (542) posted on 10.22.2012

200+ HP is good. it is a regular hot hatchback. it will sure be cheap!

  (516) posted on 10.22.2012

if someone told me some years ago a hyundai will look like that, i would have told hin he is crazy.

  (341) posted on 10.22.2012

I suppose the truth is that it is more convenient than other cars in the same category and I think is suitable for a family

  (349) posted on 10.22.2012

do not be mean. i like how this car looks. I like the windshield, the back .. I find it really nice and spacious

  (346) posted on 10.22.2012

it is a good looking car if you like 208...otherwise ... no

  (341) posted on 10.22.2012

It does look a lot like a 208. Which is fine I suppose. Still a good looking car.

  (377) posted on 10.22.2012

mmm maybe.. that if we considering their vehicles quality.

  (349) posted on 10.22.2012

If Hyundai succeeds with 200hp, low end torque, suspension and handling, they can easily overtake VW

  (397) posted on 10.22.2012

This car looks too girly though with that childish front fender line....my opinion

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