Hyundai is finally ready enter the compact hot hatch segment with their very own i30 N.
It represents their first high-performance car under the ‘N’ family, inspired by motorsport, and it’s displayed for the world to see at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, until September 24.
The new Hyundai i30 N has the Volkswagen Golf GTI in its sight, and it’s coming in two versions, both of them powered by the same 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The unit is married to a six-speed stick shift and it puts down 250PS (246hp) and 275PS (271hp), respectively, and 353Nm (260lb-ft) of torque, in both cases.
Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 6.4 seconds in the former, and 6.1 seconds in the latter, and top speed is electronically capped at 250km/h (155mph).
Unlike the more powerful Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R, the Hyundai i30 N has a pretty decent sporty suit that includes tweaked bumpers on both ends, and a rear spoiler, in addition to other minor mods.
It also gets a few special touches in the cabin too, such as the N logos, sports seats, specific steering wheel and gear knob, and electronic instrument cluster.
Pricing for the Hyundai i30 N starts from €30,900 ($37,047) in Germany, which makes it €925 ($1,109) more expensive than a base VW Golf GTI.