Hyundai is planning to launch a second performance model under its N sub-brand in 2018, following the debut of the i30N later this year.
Hyundai’s head of testing and high-performance development Albert Biermann confirmed to Autocar that the second N model will arrive next year but didn’t reveal further details.
Last year, the Korean company showcased the all-wheel drive 375hp RN30 concept car which could preview a potential Ford Focus RS rival.
Hyundai is not planning a N version out of every model in the range, instead the company will pick the most suitable cars for the N treatment. “There is no plan to have an N model for every Hyundai,” said Joonhong Park, head of Hyundai’s high-performance vehicle development centre, “[although] we have a road map for the next few years to come”.
At the moment, Hyundai’s performance division is not looking into offering a hybrid, PHEV or fuel cell powertrain for a future model, but this might change in the future.
“Hyundai has technology of every type – hybrid, plug in hybrid, EV, fuel cell,” Biermann said. “Right now there’s no plan to bring that tech to N, but when the time comes, whether that’s because the customer requests it or we think there’s a moment or a need by regulation, we will be ready to have a sustainable high-performance car.”
“I could eventually see a more emotional EV performance car. But for me, it’s hard to imagine a performance car without an engine – although maybe that’s me getting old.”
The Hyundai i30N is set to go on sale later this year as a rival to the VW Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST, but currently there are no plans of the company bringing it over at the US market.
Hyundai RN30 Concept pictured