The i30 N, revealed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, 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.
The 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 Test Centre. 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.
The design is based on 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 N logo symbolises a chicane, the ultimate part of the track where the i30 N achieves maximum traction. The powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivers up to 202 kW and 353 Nm torque (378 Nm with Overboost function). 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.
The i30 N is an everyday sports car, suitable for daily commuting in comfort on weekdays or for race track performance on the weekend.
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 i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine available with two power outputs: the Standard Package engine delivers 184 kW (fuel consumption combined: 7,0 l/100 km; CO2 combined: 159 g/km), whereas the Performance Package engine’s maximum power is boosted to 202 kW (fuel consumption combined: 7,1 l/100 km; CO2 combined: 163 g/km).
Both outputs deliver a maximum torque of 353 Nm and reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The overboost function, which is activated when reaching the maximum torque, further increases torque up to 378 Nm. The 184 kW version accelerates to 100 km/h in 6,4 seconds, the 202 kW version in 6,1 seconds.