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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Hyundai i30 N.

  • 2018 Hyundai i30 N
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    246 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    260 @ 1450
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.3/10

Official video

Exterior

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To be perfectly frank, the exterior styling for the i30 N isn’t all that surprising. Spy shots revealed Hyundai’s direction included all the traditional performance styling cues, as informed by concepts like the RN30 and the standard i30 model.

That said, we think it looks good, finding a nice balance between aggression and refinement. The shapes and lines suggest performance, rather than shout about it, and in a segment overrun by boy racer styling (ahem, Honda Civic Type R), it’s nice to see Hyundai finding a middle ground.

Let’s start in front, where we find a revised bumper with enlarged intakes and a lower red character line. Hyundai’s characteristic Cascading Grille design is in the nose. Further down, those big intakes feed the rotors cool air, staving off the dreaded brake fade when pushing it on track. Meanwhile, black headlight bezels above look mean. Horizontal daytime running lights outfitted with LEDs add a little visual stretch to the bumper.

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The shapes and lines suggest performance, rather than shout about it, and in a segment overrun by boy racer styling (ahem, Honda Civic Type R), it’s nice to see Hyundai finding a middle ground.

Moving to the sides, we find either 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, depending on the trim level. The i30 N sits about 4 mm (0.16 inches) lower than its more pedestrian, non-N sibling, a feature that’s enhanced by the black-painted side skirts. Glossy Black side view mirror housings complement the trim, while red brake calipers confirm the i30 N’s sporting intentions.

In back, the rear bumper was also reshaped, while dual oval exhaust tips provide the soundtrack. Up top is a glossy black spoiler, with a triangular brake light mounted centrally.

Hyundai is offering the i30 N in an exclusive Performance Blue exterior paint color option, but buyers can also get theirs in Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black, or Engine Red, if preferred.

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Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (inches): 104.3
Length (inches): 170.7
Width (inches): 70.7
Height (inches): 57.1

Interior

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Inside, the Hyundai i30 N looks quite similar to the standard model, but with a few key differences. The seats come standard with sporty side bolsters, while a unique three-spoke multifunction steering wheel mounts buttons for the various drive modes on the left and right. The wheel also gets blue contrast stitching and an N logo. Blue striping was added to the gearshift boot as well. Upholstery options include suede, leather, and cloth, with dark metal trim adding extra flair.

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In the dash, you’ll find readouts on G-Force, torque levels, boost pressure, lap time, and acceleration time in the main infotainment screen.

The instrumentation includes a shift timer at the top of the instrument cluster, plus there’s an LED tachometer to make sure you’re hitting those shift points just right. A lap timer is also included. In the dash, you’ll find an optional 8-inch infotainment screen, which provides copious performance info to the driver. Readouts on G-Force, torque levels, boost pressure, lap timers, and acceleration timers are all on board. A 5-inch screen comes as standard.

When out cruising, rather than racing, passengers will enjoy the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai is also offering a wireless charging feature, plus safety systems like forward emergency braking, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, a Speed Limit Information Function, and High Beam Assist. And, just to make it controversial, there’s an Electronic Sound Generator as well.

Interior dimensions

Head room front / rear (inches): 39.1 / 38.5
Leg room front / rear (inches): 42.2 / 34.8
Shoulder room front / rear (inches): 56.2 / 55.6

Drivetrain

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Let’s just get right down to it, shall we? The Hyundai i30 N is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter T-GDI engine offering two levels of tune. Kicking it off is the Standard Package, which puts peak output at 250 PS (246 horsepower) and 353 Nm (260 pound-feet of torque). The top-trim is the Performance Package, which boosts power to 275 PS (271 horsepower), but keeps torque levels at the same 353 Nm. There’s also an overboost function that adds 8 percent more torque and as much as 7 percent quicker acceleration, while also engaging the variable exhaust for more loud noises. Power is routed to exclusively to the front wheels by way of a six-speed manual transmission.

Put your foot down, and you’ll do the 0-to-100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds with the Standard Package, or 6.1 seconds with the Performance Package. Top speed is rated at 250 km/h (155 mph).

Standout features include rev-match on downshifts, which can be toggled using a button located on the steering wheel. There’s also Launch Control to maximize off-the-line acceleration.

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Put your foot down, and you’ll do the 0-to-100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds with the Standard Package, or 6.1 seconds with the Performance Package.

More importantly, Hyundai declares “The i30 N loves corners,” which means the real fun is had when you go apex hunting. Helping to make the smiles is a stiff roll bar mounted behind the rear seat, keeping the chassis nice and rigid, plus an Electronic Controlled Suspension system that reduces roll dynamics. Five separate drive modes are on hand for customization, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N, and N Custom. These are selectable from the steering wheel, and alter things like the engine settings, the damper settings, the Electronic Stability Control, the Electronic Limited Slip Differential, the exhaust note, the steering, and the rev-matching feature.

The brakes use 18-inch rotors in front and 17-inch rotors in the rear when equipped with the Performance Package and 19-inch wheels. A rack-mounted motor-driven power steering system makes it turn, while Michelin tires can be found on the 18-inch wheels and Pirellis are used on the 19-inchers.

Drivetrain and performance

Engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Drivetrain: FWD
Transmission: six-speed manual
Horsepower: 246 HP @ 6,000 RPM
271 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 260 LB-FT @ 1,450 RPM
0-to-62 mph: 6.4 seconds, 6.1 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Curb weight: 3,307 pounds

Winter Testing

Hyundai released a video in March 2017 following its winter testing session in Sweden. Put through its paces by World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville just like on a rally course, the i30 N appears to be moving to its final development phase. The Belgian driver described the hatchback as having "good traction and stability in the slippery testing conditions" and said it’s "very easy to handle" and that "a normal driver should get a sensation similar to that of a racing car." Additionally, it’s pretty obvious that the i30 N delivers great dynamics, while the turbocharged engine sounds exciting to say the least. Actually, I’d venture to say that the exhaust note is far superior to the Golf GTi and Focus ST (or even the RS).

Prices

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The i30 N won’t be sold in the U.S., but it’s available in just about any country in Europe. In the U.K., the hot-hatchback retails from £25,010, which accounts for an £8,010 premium over the standard i30 five-door. This sticker places the i30 N slightly above the Ford Focus ST, but below the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Performance Package, on the other hand, adds £3,000 for a final price of £28,010 before options.

Competition

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Arguably the most iconic and popular hot-hatch since the 1980s, the Golf GTI continues to rule to performance-oriented segment thanks to its sporty looks, powerful engine, and affordable price. Redesigned for the 2013 model year with updates inside and out, and a new platform, the seventh-generation GTI gets its juice from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, inline-four that delivers 230 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The German hatch needs 6.4 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and tops out at 155 mph. Although it isn’t any quicker than the Hyundai i30 N, the GTI greets its owners with a nicer interior and superior fit and finish. Unless Hyundai comes up with an impressive overall package, that is! Pricing for the GTI starts from £27,495 in the United Kingdom and from $25,595 in the United States.

Read more about the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Ford Focus ST

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Hot hatches have become popular cars these days and there is no shortage of models vying to be the best of the bunch. The Golf GTI is a notable contender to that title, but so is the Ford Focus ST. Unlike the Golf, the ST comes with a more aggressive body kit and, even though its interior is not as fancy, the Ford has a 252-horsepower, 270-pound-foot, 2.0-liter, EcoBoost engine to brag about. The Focus ST is also capable of outpacing the Golf GTI, thanks to its 0-to-60-mph time of just 5.9 seconds, while being a bit more affordable in standard trim. The hatch retails from £22,745 in the United Kingdom and from $24,425 in the United States.

Find our more about the 2018 Ford Focus ST.

Conclusion

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The Hyundai i30 N hopes to bring three essential themes to market: Cornering, Race Track Capability, and Everyday Sports Car. While undoubtedly vague PR speak, these tenets tell us Hyundai is on the right track to offering one very fun hot hatch.

Of course, time spent at the Nurburgring and in the WRC are only half the battle in this segment. Sometimes, brand loyalty can be just as important as lap times and 0-to-60 figures, and that’s something the i30 N doesn’t have when lining up against competitors from Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen.

But hey, you gotta start somewhere. Is the i30 N the start of something great? Let’s hope so.

  • Leave it
    • * It will need a few years to gain traction as a trusty hot-hatch
    • * Tough competition
    • * No badge cachet whatsoever

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30.

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Read our full review on the 2016 Hyundai N Concept RN30.

Teaser video

The N Division

First announced in 2013, the N Division takes its namesake from Namyang, the South Korean town where Hyundai’s global R&D center is located. The letter is also a nod to the Nurburgring, the German race track where so many modern performance vehicles must prove their worth, including the hot-to-trot i30. Finally, the letter is said to resemble a chicane, a nod to Hyundai’s focus on “the excitement of driving, which comes from well-balanced performance during sustained periods of repeated acceleration, cornering and braking."

Although the i30 is the first road-legal Hyundai to get an N, the skunk works division has been active for years, honing its chops with the i20 WRC competitor.

Rendering

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Spy Shots

August 17, 2016 - Hyundai i30 N starts to drop its camouflage

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July 11, 2016 - First testing session

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Updated History

Updated 07/06/2017: Hyundai launched a new teaser video of the i30 N at the Nurburgring. The hatchback is undergoing final testing ahead of its official launch later this month.

Updated 03/15/2017: Hyundai dropped a first teaser video showing the upcoming i30 N during some winter testing in Sweden. Behind the wheel was Thierry Neuville, World Rally Championship driver of Hyundai Motorsport.

Updated 08/17/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming i30 N out for a new testing session. As you can see the car starts to loose some of its camouflage and reveals its sporty front look.

Updated 07/19/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming Hyundai i30 N. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Press Release

01 The Hyundai i30 N..
02 Hyundai Motor N line-up: born in Namyang, honed at Nürburgring.
03 Designed by the pursuit of performance.
04 Driving performance.
05 Connected and Caring.
06 Technical Data and Dimensions.
01 The Hyundai i30 N

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The i30 N marks a new era for Hyundai Motor – introducing the first high-performance model under the N line-up, built to deliver exhilarating driving pleasure for everyone
N was born in Namyang and honed at the Nürburgring. The ‘N’ symbolises a chicane, the essence of Hyundai Motor’s high-performance car development
High power: the four-cylinder 2.0-litre T-GDI turbo engine delivers up to 275 PS and 353 Nm torque with high responsiveness and linear power output
High-performance features: Electronic Limited Slip Differential, Electronic Controlled Suspension, Rev Matching, Launch Control, high-performance tyres, lap timer, and more
High level of customisation: five different drive modes, including the N and N Custom modes, offer a variety of different configurations from comfort-oriented daily commuting to race track performance
Emotional sound thanks to a variable exhaust valve system
True performance design: agressive front and rear bumpers with larger air intakes and red character line, aerodynamic rear spoiler with triangular brake light, dual muffler exhaust, 18- and 19-inch wheels, sport seats, Performance Blue exterior colour inspired by Hyundai Motorsport

The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car under the N line-up. Built on the New Generation i30, the i30 N has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum driving pleasure in everyday life on the road, as well as on the track. N was born in Namyang, at Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea and honed at the Nürburgring, one of the most challenging race tracks in the world and home of Hyundai’s Testing Center. The N logo symbolises a chicane - the ultimate corner where the i30 N has been tested thoroughly and has proven its ability. The i30 N is inspired by Hyundai Motorsport’s experience in WRC since 2014.

“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 Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle 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.”

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The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s answer to emerging customer preferences towards uncompromising innovation and technology-driven performance. Due to be launched across Europe by the end of 2017, the All-New i30 N is made for driving enthusiasts. The i30 N sports a unique character and coherent, timeless design – which includes the Cascading Grille – the new Hyundai signature - at the frontThis is characterised by a downward tapering gesture inspired by the flow of molten steel.

Focused on Fun to Drive
The i30 N has been developed on the basis of three corner stones under the theme ‘Fun to Drive’: Cornering, Race Track Capability and Everyday Sports Car.

The i30 N has been developed to make the driver’s heart beat faster when he or she gets behind the wheel. When the driver hits the throttle and shifts through the gears, the rev-matching function supports smooth gear shifting, while the overboost function increases torque (+8%) and acceleration (+6-7%). The feeling is enhanced by the car’s sound from the dual muffler exhaust featuring the variable exhaust valve system. The cockpit of the i30 N shows key performance parameters through the new instrument cluster and the 8-inch free-floating screen’s modes such as the G-Force meter for live tracking of the performance. The design is based on true high-performance vehicles and includes Hyundai’s Cascading Grille at the front, aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, and a new rear spoiler. According to the principle “form follows function”, the car design enhances aerodynamic and cooling performance. Its operation focuses on the pure connection between the car and the driver. The i30 N is built around the driver for maximum responsiveness, balanced performance and fun to drive.

Cornering
The i30 N loves corners. The N logo symbolises a chicane, the ultimate part of the track where the i30 N achieves maximum traction, precision and feeling. The powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivers up to 275 PS and 353 Nm torque. It offers direct response with a linear power development through the early responding turbo charger. It features front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

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The i30 N’s maximum grip is guaranteed by the 18-inch Michelin or 19-inch Pirelli high-performance Hyundai N tyres. The rack-mounted motor-driven power steering is very direct and offers high precision. The lowered body is rigid and in combination with the Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) reduces roll and enhances cornering speed, enabling the driver to adjust the dampers from comfort-oriented daily commuting to high-performance track-driving.

The i30 N is aerodynamically designed to reduce lift to keep the body firmly on to the road when maximum traction is required. The Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) enhances grip and delivers maximum power to the road. For the real enthusiasts, the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can be switched off completely for maximum freedom. In order to give the driver and passenger the maximum comfort, the exclusively developed N sport seats offer maximum stability and lateral support in all driving situations.

Race Track Capability
In the development of the vehicle, durability and racetrack performance were key elements. The i30 N has undergone 10,000 km of driving on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring circuit for durability testing. The car has also taken part twice in the world’s toughest endurance test, the ADAC 24-hours race on the Nürburgring. The engine and its components have been tested for total vehicle evaluation in 2016 and for ensuring its overall race track capability in 2017. Thus, when taking the i30 N to a track day, the driver can be sure that the car’s performance will endure. Its brakes have been developed to last with an extra cooling function through the air intakes on the front bumper. The Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) allows the driver to adjust the i30 N to best suit a race track’s requirements. The body’s high rigidity is increased by the rear stiffness bar behind the rear seats. The car features a strong clutch that is built to last, while the precise six-speed manual transmission has short travel to enhance fast shifting.

Everyday Sports Car
The i30 N is an everyday sports car, suitable for daily commuting in comfort on weekdays or for race track performance on the weekend. By offering a great variety of customisation options, the i30 N is a well-balanced hatchback, offering performance and practicality to create the best feeling for the driver. There are five drive modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be selected by using two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the high-performance parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), sound, steering and rev-matching. Additionally, the driver can select the rev-matching button on the steering wheel to increase the revs on the engine when shifting from a higher to a lower gear, while the car’s Launch Control helps to launch the car as fast as easy possible by controlling engine torque.
02 Hyundai Motor N line-up: born in Namyang, honed at the Nürburgring

The Hyundai i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance model under the N line-up. The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, where the idea was born, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre, where the N line-up was further developed and tested. The close connection between Namyang and Nürburgring created the foundation for N, the goal being to deliver driving enjoyment. Symbolising a chicane, the ‘N’ logo embodies this aspect – an agile vehicle that is fun to drive – and represents the ultimate driving experience on winding roads.

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Inspired by Motorsport - the proven track record of Hyundai
Born at the start of 2013 and based in Alzenau, Germany, Hyundai Motorsport was set up to develop a long-term motor sport programme that demonstrates the emotion and engineering which Hyundai puts into its cars. For the last four years Hyundai Motorsport has participated successfully in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), regarded as one of the most challenging and diverse motor sport disciplines.Away from the rally environment, Hyundai Motorsport has also begun testing the i30 TCR.

2013:

Launch of i20 WRC.

2014:

Re-entry to the World Rally Championship
With i20 WRC Hyundai Motorsport takes four podiums and finishes WRC in fourth position in the manufacturer standings.

2015:

Launch of the Hyundai high performance N line up at Frankfurt Motor Show with the concept cars N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo and RM15.
Hyundai takes four podiums and finishes WRC in third position.

2016:

Launch of high-performance racing concepts RM16 at Busan Motor Show and RM 30 at Paris Motor Show.
Hyundai takes seven podiums and finishes WRC in second position.

2017:

The dawn of a new era in the sport with the introduction of new technical regulations resulting in more distinctive, powerful and dramatic-looking WRC cars
Launch of Hyundai’s first mass-produced high-performance car i30 N.
Hyundai takes six podiums in half of the season and currently ranks second in WRC drivers and team rankings.

Hyundai’s high-performance concepts have been derived during the development of WRC cars. That is why the WRC is considered to be the cradle of the N line-up, thus for the i30 N. During the races, with cars competing on roads of gravel, tarmac, snow and ice, the Hyundai Motor engineers identify further refinement and potential performance enhancements for the i30 N.

Nürburgring Testing Center
The Nürburgring Nordschleife was and continues to be used to hone N’s high-performance technologies. This year, the iconic Nürburgring race track turns 90 and is known as one of the world’s most challenging race tracks. With 73 corners and 20.8 kilometres of tarmac, it is also a motorsports complex and home to Hyundai Motor’s own 3,600 square metre testing centre, operated by the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center. Hyundai Motor’s accelerated durability tests are conducted there. Each car taking part in the tests laps the Nürburgring 420 to 480 times in both dry and wet conditions, simulating up to 180,000 km of severe driving –the equivalent of a normal vehicle’s lifecycle – in just four weeks.

Namyang R&D Center: Birthplace of the i30 N
Opened in 1995 in Hwaseong, South Korea, and employing 13,000 researchers, the Namyang R&D Center is the heart of Hyundai Motor’s global R&D network and the birthplace of the new i30 N. Located on over 3.3 million square metres of land, it consists of various centres for design and engineering, powertrain, performance and test driving, an aero-acoustic wind tunnel, and environmental R&D. It is host to 34 roads, including a Belgian road, and a high-speed track that is 4.5 km long. In all, the site features a total road length of 70 km. The i30 N’s great road holding is the result of months of testing the aerodynamics at Hyundai’s Namyang Technology Research Centre in Korea and in the wind tunnel.

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Produced in Europe
The i30 N will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech in Nošovice (HMMC). The facility opened in 2008 and started production of the first generation i30 the same year. It has an annual production capacity of 350,000 cars and fulfils the highest quality standards to meet European customers’ expectations. The HMMC facility also features a 3.3 km open test track on the factory grounds, ensuring that every vehicle is tested for dynamic properties, noise and functions, along with a full underbody check for fluid leakage and correct assembly.
03 Designed by the pursuit of performance

The i30 N is focused on true performance features, while also enhancing the experience of those behind the wheel. It sports unique high-performance design elements such as aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers and a new rear spoiler, paired with the coherent, timeless design of the i30 range. According to the principle “form follows function”, designers worked closely with aerodynamic specialists to define the right ratio between the car’s downforce, drag and aerodynamics to create the best possible driving experience. The resulting lowered body together with the newly designed aerodynamics give the car its sporty silhouette and strong stance, while enhancing road balance and race track capabilities.

Exterior Design
The i30 N features an increased wheel arch with 18-inch wheels or unique 19-inch wheels, carrying the N logo. Compared to the five-door version, the i30 N is 4 mm lower with 18-inch wheels and 8 mm lower with 19-inch wheels. The N signature can also be found on the striking red brake callipers as well as on the Cascading Grille at the front. It denotes clearly where the model originates and increases the sense of high performance.

At the front, the i30 N also maintains its sporty, aggressive appearance through the black bezel of the headlamps. At the rear, the triangular third brake light in the new glossy black spoiler and the double muffler exhaust underline the eye-catching look of the sports hatchback.

As the front bumper features the prominent Cascading Grille, particularly stressed through the red insert, the emotional appearance and strong character of the car are once again highlighted. Fresh-air inlets on both sides of the car’s front bumpers enhance the brake cooling and aerodynamics with the horizontal LED daytime running lights positioned on top. Behind the Cascading Grille, additional air curtains offer further performance by enhancing air flow, reducing turbulence in the wheel housing and cooling the engine more effectively. The front splitter and the rear wing spoiler create downforce and excellent aero-balance.

Interior Design
The interior is focused on connecting the driver with the car at all touch points. The concept is dedicated to the people who truly love cars. The exclusive “N” steering wheel ensures that the driver is in 100% control of all driving performance features directly by hand. On the left side of the steering wheel, drivers can select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. On the right, the driver has direct access to the chequered flag N button for the N-mode, or the customised setting which is visible on the navigation screen. For better engine control during gear shifting, drivers can activate the rev-matching control system by using the decicated rev button just above the N button. The steering wheel is manufactured with the N unique blue stitching and garnished with an N logo at the bottom. The gear shift also features a unique blue stripe as part of the coherent colour design. On top, the ball-type knob bears the N-badge.

The electronic instrument cluster is specifically made for passionate drivers. The shift timing indicator positioned at the top centre of the cluster indicates when to shift gears for optimal race track driving performance. The red zone of the variable LED rev-counter changes according to the driving performance and varies with the engine’s oil temperature. Both the rev-counter and the speedometer are distinctively designed in accordance with the N line-up, being surrounded by a blue lightning line.

The i30 N features uniquely designed high-performance sport seats with powerful lumbar support. Extendable seat cushions further enhance stability and comfort for the driver and front passenger. Customers can choose from a combination of suede and leather or cloth. Both versions feature the outstanding, stamped N logo on the back rest.

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High-performance colour range
Because of Hyundai Motor’s motor sport heritage, the i30 N comes with the exclusive Performance Blue paint – a colour introduced at the beginning of Hyundai’s WRC engagement and has represented the N line-up ever since. Altogether, customers can choose from six different exterior colours. Besides Performance Blue, the range includes Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey and Phantom Black or Engine Red.

The special side sills enhancing the sporty character of the lowered body are painted in Black, while the outside mirrors come with a Glossy Black painting. As the handles are body-coloured, they almost disappear, creating a more dynamic look.

High-quality interior materials and dark metal inserts underline the elegant character of the i30 N and its affiliation with the motor sport sector.
04 Driving performance

The i30 N is all about precision, control, safety and durability when it comes to sharp performance and driving excitement. State-of-the-art high-performance technologies can be effectively combined to provide a smooth and controlled ride. The key high-performance features are segment-leading for Hyundai Motor’s first N model and can be chosen individually by the driver depending on the driving mood.

Steering sytem
The i30 N offers a new level of precision in its steering, delivering great value to the driver: its rack-mounted motor driven power steering system (R-MDPS) provides stability to the vehicle at high speeds and makes the car instantly responsive at lower speeds. The electric steering assist system located in the steering gear offers very high output and is designed even for track day driving with cup tyres.

Launch Control
The i30 N’s Launch Control controls engine torque when starting from standstill, helping to launch the car like a professional race driver. Launch Control can be effectively used in N drive mode: with the off-switched Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the clutch disengaged, the first gear can be engaged immediately by releasing the clutch pedal within five seconds after full throttle acceleration.

Rev-matching
Rev-matching automatically adjusts the revs on the engine when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear. Consequently, depending on the drive mode, it allows smoother or sportier downshifts. The Rev-matching button can be switched on easily by hand as it is located on the right side of the steering wheel.

Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS)
By controlling the damping force, ride and handling and stability are both enhanced. Depending on the driving conditions, from daily trips to circuit driving, the vehicle’s performance can be adjusted. The use of a solenoid valve guarantees a precise and immediate damping force control. It allows the driver to influence the stiffness of the suspension with the push of a button.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system stabilises the vehicle during cornering manoeuvres. If desired, the ESC can be switched off completely for maximum race track feeling.

Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) (with Performance Package)
The strong cornering ability of i30 N is achieved by different new performance features, such as the Electronically-Controlled Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD). This allows driven wheels to turn at different speeds by applying different amounts of torque depending on the load transfer from the inner to the outer front axle wheel. Wheel slip in specific conditions is reduced and understeering on cornering minimised. E-LSD increases the maximum cornering speed by 5%.

Electronic Sound Generator (ESG)
To provide the inside of the i30 N with a real high-performance experience, a sporty engine sound is produced by the Electronic Sound Generator in the body panel. In the cabin, at the base of the windscreen, is an engine sound generator which provides some extra acoustic drama to match the mood of the driver..

Variable Exhaust Valve System (with Performance Package)
Depending on the drive mode, the customer can select different exhaust sounds and thus manage to actively control the exhaust valve. The sound differs with the size of the valve opening. The twin-outlet active exhaust has several settings, allowing the car to increase the amount of exhaust sound from normal to powerful.

Driving Modes
Drivers can choose from five individual drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be activated by using the two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), engine sound, steering and rev-matching. In the N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each high-performance component to match driving preferences and road conditions.

Powerful Performance Package
The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine available with the two power outputs: the Standard Package engine delivers 250 PS, whereas the Performance Package engine’s maximum power is boosted to 275 PS. Both outputs deliver a maximum torque of 353 Nm and reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The 250 PS version accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds*, the 275 PS version in 6.1 seconds*.

The engine offers direct response with a linear power development through the early responding turbo charger, and is available with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. The power is transferred independently to the gear train, in order to always be ready to shift to the next gear without any torque interruption.

The i30 N with Performance Package exclusively comes with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, distinctive red N break calipers and larger brake discs (18-inch at the front, 17-inch at the rear). The Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) and Variable Exhaust Valve System are additional features included in the Performance Package to provide the optimal race track experience.
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The i30 N driving modes can be displayed on the 5.0-inch or the optional 8.0-inch touch screen with navigation, featuring information on PS, torque, turbo boost as well as a a lap and acceleration timer.

The specific N mode screen menu also offers customisable settings for the engine, suspension, steering, differential (in the Performance Package), transmission rev-matching, exhaust sound and stability control.

The i30 N includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. Seamless connectivity allows drivers and passengers to stay connected while remaining focussed on the road. Hyundai Motor also offers a wireless inductive charging pad for mobile phones (Qi standard) and seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services. LIVE Services offer updated information in real time: weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest.

2018 Hyundai i30 N Exterior High Resolution
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Class-leading safety package
By offering the latest active safety features for the new i30 N, Hyundai Motor democratises technology like the other i30 body types.

The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted in the i30 N operates in three stages using camera sensors. First, it warns the driver visually and audibly. In a second step, it controls the brakes according to the collision danger stage, and in a third stage applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage if a collision is unavoidable.

With the Driver Attention Alert (DAA), the i30 N features a driver protection system: this monitors driving patterns in order to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents.

The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) senses the car’s position and alerts the driver about unsafe movements at speeds over 60 km/h. By audibly and visually warning the driver before inducing corrective steering, it guides the driver back to a safe position.

Road speed signs are immediately recognised by the Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), which displays the speed limit in real time. The navigation system display and the TFT cluster both show the information.

A High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam lights as appropriate, thereby reducing blinding effects on other drivers. HBA automatically re-activates the high beams and therefore maximises the driver’s range of vision as soon as no vehicles are detected

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