Hyundai i30 N (or Elantra GT-N, depending on where you are from) is the first in line of a long list of cars Hyundai has in store from their performance ‘N’ division. The car has been in development since 2013 and was recently unveiled in Europe. It is Hyundai’s first car to be featured in the 24 hr Numbering race (having extensively done testing in the sam track) and the manufacturer has even posted a first look video in Youtube.
With launch of the hot hatch, Hyundai’s future i30 line-up will be expanded to four cars, including the hatchback, estate and a fastback coupe.
Hyundai i30 N Price and Release date UK
The new i30 N will come to UK this year itself and it is expected to be priced under the Golf GTI. This puts it somewhere below the £30,000 line.
Hyundai i30 N (Elantra GT-N) Price and Release date in other countries
In USA, where the i30 is called Elantra GT, Hyundai could call this hotter verison the Elantra GT-N. However, no details of it release date is available and if at all that happens (unlikey), it will be in 2018.
The i30 N will mostly definitely go to Australia and is likely to be priced circa-$40,000. Expect similar specifications as the UK-spec model.
i30 N India
Most manufacturers’ including Fiat (Punto Abarth) and Volkswagen (Polo GTI) are experimenting with super-hot hatches in India. However, since the i30 is not available in the coutry it will be very difficult for Hyundai to achieve desired levels of localisation. The car already costs nearly 24 lakhs in UK and will cost upwards of Rs. 35 lakhs in India, which is not something that would sell. So the i30 N will not come to India but possibility of other ‘N’ cars cannot be ruled out at the moment.
Hyundai i30 N Design – Interior and Exterior
The i30 N is obviously a sportier version of the 2017 Hyundai i30. Till now, all we had were pictures of the RN30 concept, the Nürburgring 24 hr race car and some heavily camouflaged spy images. No, however, we get to take a beter look ar rhe car.
The car gets sharper exterior features and aero additions. These include a large front wing, twin-port exhaust, wider bumper, rear ‘trunck-mounted’ spoiler and a diffuser. The car has been lowered and this complements its large alloy wheels.
The i30 N follows all-black interior colour scheme, getting some additional features compared to the standard model. Bolstered Sports seats, standard 5″ touchscreeinfotainment system (optional 8″) and chunky steering wheels are provided.
Overall, the car may not be as eye-catching as the Honda Civic Type-R but it does look purposeful and should catch the attention of people who are looking
Hyundai i30 N Engine, Transmission and performance
Thee Hyundai i30 N is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder mill, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, sending power solely to the front axle. An automatic variant is also expected but it might not be available at launch. Further, the car will also come in two states of tune- 247 hp and 271 hp (with optional powerpack).
Both the variants have a peak torque of 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) and top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). The Performance pack however shaves 0.2 seconds off the 0-63mph (100kph) mark, reaching there in 6.2 seconds with launch control enabled.
The new i30 N gets an enhanced chassis and electronically-controlled active slip differential. The car also gets drive mods-Eco, Normal, Sport, and N, which will let you adjust engine, suspension, steering weight and throttle characteristics. There’s rev matching for the transmission to assist the driver to acheive perfect shifts and even a new variable valve exhaust.
If these are not enough, the exhast can be made to sound more aggressive with the push of a button. Check out the next page to hear the car snap, crackle and pop. There’s also a video from Nürburgring :
Here’s the race car