New Hyundai i30 N Officially Revealed With Up To 271HP, 0-62 In 6.1 Sec

The first, fully-blown performance hatchback from Hyundai is finally here: meet the hot new i30 N.

Hyundai’s answer to the VW Golf GTI will be available in two versions, both powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The base model will offer 250PS (246hp) whereas the Performance Package version is rated at 275PS (271hp). The former will hit 62mph from a standstill in 6.4 seconds while the more powerful version drops that time to 6.1 seconds.

In both cases, the chassis has been upgraded with a new adaptive suspension which offers the driver five different driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. These can be activated via a pair of dedicated buttons on the steering wheel and apart from adjusting the suspension, they also change the parameters of the engine, the electronic stability control (ESC), the engine sound, steering and rev-matching feature.

Performance Package models also come with a set of 19-inch alloys wrapped in stickier Pirelli P-Zero tires, bigger brake discs with red calipers, an electronic limited-slip differential and a variable exhaust valve system.

Both models also get an electronic sound generator mounted at the base of the windscreen which produces -according to Hyundai- some extra acoustic drama. The variable exhaust valve system of the Performance Package allows the driver to select more than two settings, therefore offering the amount of sound you always want.

Hyundai says that the new i30 N was developed with driving fun in mind and not just trying to be the fastest around a track. They describe it as an everyday sports car, capable of everyday commuting and visiting a track on the weekend, which sounds pretty bang on when you want to describe a genuine Golf GTI rival if you ask us.

The exterior body kit includes a set of aggressive bumpers and a rear spoiler, with the Korean company claiming that they managed to define the right ratio between downforce, drag and aerodynamics for the best possible driving experience. Compared to lesser-powered models, the new i30 N sits 4mm lower.

The interior also receives its own unique touches, including a model-specific steering wheel and gear knob, an electronic instrument cluster with a shift-timing indicator at the center of it, high-performance sports seats and of course lots and lots of N logos scattered all around.

Hyundai will offer the new i30 n in six exterior paint finishes, including the exclusive Performance Blue you see in the gallery. The rest of the palette features Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey and Phantom Black or Engine Red. Hyundai will launch the new i30 N across Europe by the end of 2017.



  • p00pman

    wow, great job Hyundai! now bring the performance version over here as an elantra (if you have to… although I think a lot of people think cheap/sheit when they hear “elantra” and would rather say I drive an i30) and you’ll be really cool.

    • Jason Miller

      Not happening unfortunately. But a Veloster N just might.

      • bd

        We’ll be getting the Veloster-N to start with, but hope we also get the rumored i30-N fastback.

      • Eythan Aldrich

        which is the veloster N is coming as well…..

  • Kaisuke971

    Interesting, they’re going after the GTi with the base model but the Performance car lacks power to compete with the upper FWD hot hatches (308 GTi that has 5PS less but is like 200kg lighter, Mégane RS that’ll have over 300, Type R 320, Cupra 310…). If it’s priced slightly below those it could make sense though.

  • roy

    Certainly looks the part

  • cargeniuass

    It looks like they crossed the gti and focus rs style wise. I don’t get why its so slow though. If they really wanted to sell these they’d have given it 345+ i.e focus rs power but at a focus st price. I get why ford doesn’t do this with the st, it would cannibalize the rs and mustang sales. But if Hyundai did it, it’d make it a best seller as besides the dead genesis coupe, there’s not really any sporty cars in the lineup.

    • willhaven

      There’s nothing slow about this car.

      • TheHake

        I mean.. It’s a 200+ kw hatch back. How can the word ‘slow’ even be mentioned?

        • TotallyDisqusted

          The 0-60 time is slower than I would have expected for the rated HP.

          • Jason Miller

            Don’t pay any attention to that.

          • Shobin Drogan

            It’s a manual and only available in manual for now, so 0-60 in approx 6 seconds seems about right for a 270hp fwd car. Nothing surprising there.

          • TotallyDisqusted

            Ya I guess it’s a similar time to something like a Focus ST, but at least half a second slower than a Mazdaspeed3.

          • Jason Miller

            It’s been shown the 200hp Elantra Sport can hit 60 in less than 6.5 seconds, so I would fully expect this thing to be quicker.

          • Kaisuke971

            This car is heavier than everything else in its segment by a good margin (80-100kg on average), that’s why.

          • TotallyDisqusted

            Yup and that’s a problem.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Because the numbers are conservative. Elantra Sports are making the sprint in low 6s.

          • TotallyDisqusted

            So Hyundai is purposely advertising their hot hatch as slower than it really is? LOL I don’t buy it.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            It’s done all across the industry. You not buying it just makes you willfully ignorant.

          • TotallyDisqusted

            So if it’s done all across the industry, why is the competition still rated faster? Take a step back and listed to what you’re saying.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            I’m saying that you should wait until this is tested before writing it off.

  • Dennis James

    That primer color matches the boring design perfectly.

    • Lucas Mattos Azevedo

      It reminds me of a certain pill.

  • TheHake

    Just doesn’t look the part though.

    • fabri99

      The light blue shade is the problem. Picture it in dark grey…

      • TheHake

        Maybe it’s the colour… but still…

        • Eythan Aldrich

          photoshop it to change color if you can

          • TheHake

            Nah. I’m not buying one so I’m not taking the effort.

  • fabri99

    Well, wow. It is extremely promising, I hope Hyundai can finally give us a great performance car.

  • Galaxium

    What will it be called in the US? Elantra GT N?

    Edit: Just found out it won’t be sold in the US. Pretty sad.

    • Jason Miller

      Not coming to the US. Veloster N might though…

  • seriously

    270 hp in a compact car and it goes 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds seems pretty slow….a Challenger V6 will do in the same time with only 30 more hp and im sure at least another 500 pounds if not more…..the Camry V6 does .5 seconds faster with less power and its a much larger car. The GTI has alot less power and is just as fast if not faster. Seems like a waste to me these high performance compact cars with over 200hp (BRZ, Focus ST, this thing, etc) that cant seem to put times that reflect all the power theyre generating…..and the relatively light weight of these cars.

    • Jason Miller

      Pay no attention to 0-60 times from manufactures. They are always super conservative. I have an Elantra Sport (200hp) and it’ll hit 60 in the low 6’s, so expect this thing to be much quicker.

      • Mill0048

        Plus this is 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds, not 60 mph. A couple tenths for that, plus factor the conservative numbers likely due to ‘safe’ launch techniques compared to the mechanically-murderous clutch-dump times advertised in bold on magazine covers.

  • Jason Miller

    Super conservative 0-60 as usual. The Elantra Sport has been shown to hit 60 in the low 6’s, so I don’t believe the 6.4 here at all…


    good luck for its tough competition

    • To be fair Hyundai is no stranger to being the underdog that goes on to conquer. They entered the market late (at least in SA) with cheaply built, bland affordable cars, now in some segments they lead in terms of design, sales and expensive price.

      Watch this space.

  • pureworx

    audi face, golf rear.. ex vag designer nothing new to see here.. just more remix design.

    when a car needs a variable valve exhaust and electronic sound generator to make it sound good.. you can bet its not that good.

  • An Existing Person

    That looks awesome. It’s a shame we won’t see these here in the U.S.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Hyundai wanted their own RS! Done!

    • Jason Miller

      Not an RS competitor though.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Point being it’s design to look like one….

  • Blade t

    Electronic sound generator ? So lame….

    • notthistimecobber

      Almost all performance vehicles have un-natural exhaust note…

  • Karl

    Very credible first effort Hyundai..

  • SteersUright

    Love that Hyundai made this car and hoping its great to drive. Initially though, Im a little put off by the chintzy interior that does not look anywhere near as nice as the Gti’s. Also, the Gti has this incredibly solid feel of a much more expensive car, likely because the chassis its based on was designed for one. Hopefully this Hyundai feel like a quality piece as well. Lastly, 271hp to the front tires is borderline too much and with every other launch you end up with wheel hop and no traction. Its the reason even the mighty Civic R can barely break into with 5’s (0-60) even with all of its power. Would have liked to have seen an AWD setup. One last thing, Hyundai must undercut VW on pricing or theres no real reason not to go with a universally praised proven performer.

    • Mill0048

      I have hopes this car will be good too. I’m curious how they’ll price it considering the active suspension and such. Also, Car and Driver got the Civic Type R to 60 in 4.9 seconds. They even show an example of launching the car with no hands on the wheel through first and second displaying almost zero torque steer. So, thoroughly designed cars can manage higher power figures to the front wheels, but only if the manufacturer puts the time, effort and money into solid engineering and testing. AWD would be cool, but will only add to the cost and could put them at or near the bottom of the AWD performance compact set.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Definitely the bottom. The Golf R has 292 for reference.

  • KT

    People commenting on the i30N being slow doesn’t understand the purpose of the N division. It’s not about outright speed or how fast you get to 0-60. It’s all about the driving fun – how you ‘feel’ behind the wheel.
    Look up stats on how well this car did against other cars that had a lot more HP during the 24Hr Nurburgring race.

  • In my view this is looking good, not over-styled nor under-styled, just striking the balance. it’s got to deal with the GTI, GTi, ST, RS yikes!

    • Jason Miller

      GTi and Focus ST, sure. RS? No…

      • I’d throw the Megane RS in there but not the OPC though..

  • john1168

    I like it! Since it’s an i30, I’m guessing it’s not coming to the US? If they put the 2.0T in the Velocter and add the 7 speed DCT, that would be pretty cool!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Well, just this model. The i30 is marketed as the Elantra GT here.


    I need to see it in another color before to give my opinion because this baby blue is disgusting.

  • notthistimecobber

    One if the best European Asian hot hatches

  • Six Thousand Times

    Throw all of the N hardware under the fastback and paint it green…then sign me up.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      That thing looks terrible.

      • Six Thousand Times


        • Tumbi Mtika

          Eh, to each their own.

  • Vassilis

    Not bad at all! The interior is a little uninspiring but it should be a good car.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Solid job, Hyundai. It’s good to look at, and can smoke a 330i when needed. To many more performance machines.

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