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Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 N: The Desired Korean Hot Hatch

Potentially inspired by motor-sport, Hyundai has announced today the auto-mobile that may bring pride and chills to its house. It’s brought to us by the name of i30 N. This subcompact has been cooked after many years of wild driving in the rally world. Nothing can deliver more excitement to a herd than tenacious drivers making their engines roar in a car race.

With the i30 N, a new sub-brand is delivered to us, featuring more efficiency and an outstanding construction quality. This is an ambitious five-door that provides no less than 271 horsepower.

The Basics

After 6,000 testing miles in Nürburgring and the efforts of Albert Biermann, the main head at BMW’s M Division, it’s certainly worth giving this car, at least, the benefit of the doubt.

On the exterior, it’s easy to differentiate the N version from a common i30. The performance-blue color was the first launched, along with some exclusive add-ons. Lucky users will get black detailing such as headlights, heel, and bumper, and multiple contrasts in red, which go from the front end to the rear. The bodywork has fresh details along with wide-arch wheels.

Optimum Performance in Its Segment

Performance and design: these two terms are satisfactorily present, being the result of analysing in depth and working beyond expectation. Performance is the product of leading-edge mechanical advances and its original design was inspired by those who seek an exotic yet simple concept.

Now, to the details. The new Hyundai i30 N features, in its base model, an eco-friendly turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with direct injection that makes a very decent amount of horsepower. On the other hand, the one with performance package increases the horsepower count up to 271. This more powerful option will closely compete with the Volkswagen’s GTI and Golf R.

Acceleration times are around 6.1 seconds for zero-to-62-mph. The power output on the i30 N ends up generating a maximum torque of 260 lb-ft and making possible a top speed of 155 mph.

Close Enemies

The i30 N is decided to compete directly not only with the Golf R but also with the Honda Civic Si and Civic Type R models. While there are important differences between them, these hot hatches belong to the same exciting segment.

“Drivers will experience the thrills and emotions of our proven motor-sport prowess for themselves. The Hyundai N will deliver the pleasure of driving with performance-oriented cars. They’re just the start of what we know, and it will be a fast and exhilarating journey,” said the company in the press release.

There are no doubts about the goal of this hot hatch and its creators: to make affordable high-performance models that provide an agile experience, one that harmonizes with each component on the car, rewarding every lap on the track.

A surprising quantity of gadgets is included in this new Korean hot hatch. This kind of signals may tell us that the N series is trying to define not only Hyundai’s approach to the market but also the hot hatch concept, somehow neglected these days.

The i30 N plans to give us the confidence and comfort while awakening that adrenaline feeling and excitement that most of us are seeking in the current market.


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