Hyundai has decided to try its hand at the hot hatch game with the 2018 i30 N. The N being the focus here, as it is the indicator that this isn’t the typical i30. With impressive performance stats and modest looks, can this car hold up to the stiff competition from Honda, Ford and Volkswagen?
The i30 N is actually offering up two different power outputs from the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In base format the engine generates 247 horsepower, enough to send the car from zero to 62 mph in about 6.4 seconds, according to Hyundai. If that isn’t enough, the brand is offering a Performance Pack on the i30 N that boosts the horsepower figure to 271, while both variants of the engine generate 260 pound-feet.
In an effort to handle the added power, the i30 N has been fitted with an electronic differential and other suspension enhancements that have all been extensively tested on the Nürburgring. The car’s power flows through a rev-matching six-speed manual gearbox, much like that of the Civic Type R.
From a design perspective, the car guys will notice the exterior is not a typical i30. The lowered stance and added details, such as a body kit, make for noteworthy enhancements. That said, the i30 N is far from being as “boy racer” looking as the Civic Type R, a modesty that is kind of appreciated.
The modesty continues inside the cabin, where Hyundai has fitted the N model with a thicker steering wheel and bolstered seats. Some unique trim pieces effectively round out the interior differences versus the normal i30.
Hyundai will bring the i30 N to market later this year to combat the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus ST and Honda Civic Type R. At this time, there are no plans to bring the car to the United States.