Hyundai’s 2017 i30 N Hot-Hatch Caught In The Open For The First Time

The Korean company is getting ready for the reveal of the third generation i30 hatchback with our spies bringing you the first photos of the hotter N version.

Set to compete with cars like the VW Golf GTI, the upcoming Hyundai i30 N will be powered by the company’s new turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine offering around 260hp.

Hyundai’s first N hot hatch will become available in two versions: the standard N model and the performance pack version. The bodywork will feature a sportier bodykit with bigger air intakes at the front bumper, a roof spoiler and twin exhaust pipes. A set of larger wheels and bigger brakes will be also present.

Under the skin and apart from the new engine, the new i30 N will come packed with various performance bits, including a faster and more precise gearshift, stiffer engine and transmission mounts, a more feelsome and direct steering wheel and a modified suspension, complete with a new front axle knuckle for a pointier front end.

Albert Biermann, head of the new Hyundai N sub-brand and former BMW M Chief Engineer, has already said that the new car will not be the most powerful in its class, but it will be the most fun-to-drive.

Earlier reports suggested that Hyundai will go for a friendly and compliant setup for their first N product in order to achieve their goal. Oh, and it will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, with a double-clutch automatic version to be available in the near future.

This will be the first of a series of cars to come from Hyundai’s new “N” performance division and according to our photographer, sounded a lot fruitier than the VW Golf GTI which is always encouraging news.

Hyundai is planning to reveal the new i30 at the Paris Motor Show with sales estimated to start in early 2017.

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