Hyundai N Boss Confirms All-Wheel Drive Prototypes Are Already Being Tested

Hyundai recently pulled the wraps off the i30 N but the company’s head of high-performance development has revealed an even brighter future could be on the horizon.

Speaking with Top Gear, former BMW M boss Albert Biermann confirmed the company is already testing N models with all-wheel drive. While the executive stressed there are currently no plans for an all-wheel drive variant, it would give the company a more proper competitor to all-wheel drive rivals such as the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R.

Despite down playing the possibility of all-wheel drive, Biermann said “Of course we are looking into this. We have all our in-house tech and the cost of the car could still be reasonable.”

Biermann went on to say all-wheel drive isn’t a priority right now because the i30 N doesn’t have enough power to necessitate the switch. However, if the company were to add more power in the future it could pave the way for four-wheel traction.

Besides talking about all-wheel drive, Biermann said the company is working on a paddle-shift transmission and it will be added to the lineup “sooner or later.” However, the executive stated the model will continue to be available with a stick because the “manual has to survive of course!”

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  • Dennis James

    That color…(puke)…

  • Shane

    I like these, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a Korean or Chinese car.

    • Sebastian

      Chinese cars are million years away from korean cars. Koreans design, build and develop their cars in Europe. You should investigate more before comparing those two.

      • Shane

        I’m not denying what you and the other guy are saying, personal preference though, I’m buying neither.

    • Jason Miller

      Kia is #1 in initial quality 2 years in a row and Hyundai jumped 9 spots to 6th in the dependability study this year. The Koreans are not messing around.

  • SteersUright

    They’re saying the right things but this is no real sports car. This and the Kia Stinger are commendable efforts but confuse nobody between VAG group’s performance car prowess and Hyundai/Kia’s current ability. When Hyundai wins a major race or build’s a better Corvette/S-class/R8/AMG/etc, then they’ve arrived. Notwithstanding, they’ve been doing amazing over the last decade though. But, this exec’s words carry no weight from a company with no performance history. We’ll judge this brand when we see the goods.

  • notthistimecobber

    This budget brand are starting to produce some great products

    • Eunos

      It’s no longer a budget brand. Its cars have become in the price range of Ford and Vw

      • Jason Miller

        Great deals can still be had though, they are generous with their incentives. In April I drove a 6MT Elantra Sport off the lot for $18k after dealer discounts and incentives. And it’s been that way for a few months.

      • notthistimecobber

        Asking price yes but then why do they need to the offer bigger discounts than competitors to sell them?

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