Scoop: Hyundai i30N Fastback Might Lure You Away From The Civic Type-R

After the successful launch of the i30N, Hyundai is preparing to expand the N lineup with the addition of the i30N Fastback.

The combination of the Fastback (or, as Hyundai calls it, a five-door coupe) bodystyle with the i30N powertrain will result in a hot hatch that not only is longer and lower than the regular i30N but also portray itself as a direct rival to the similarly proportioned Honda Civic Type R. At least in Europe, that is.

As with the regular i30N, the go-faster version of the i30 Fastback will be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offered in two power outputs: 246hp (250PS) in the base model and 271hp (275PS) in the Performance Package version.

Both versions will be fitted with an adaptive suspension featuring five different modes via a pair of dedicated buttons on the steering wheel while the more expensive Performance Package version is also getting bigger wheels with stickier tires, better brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential and a variable exhaust system.

The exterior revisions will follow the example of the regular i30N, meaning a more aggressive body kit with different bumpers, wider side sills and dual exhaust pipes. Overall the upcoming i30N Fastback is expected to look a lot less challenging than the wild-looking Civic Type R.

Straight-line performance is expected to be similar to that of the i30N hatchback, which can hit 62mph from a standstill (0-100km/h) in as fast as 6.1 seconds. The lower center of gravity provided by the Fastback bodystyle might also give the i30N Fastback the edge on driving dynamics over its hatchback sibling, but we’ll have to wait until the first reviews drop to see if that’s true.

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  • Well it maybe won’t topple Type R soon, but 8 grand cheaper will make it serious contender in terms of value.

    • Liam Paul

      it won’t topple the reg civic line but this has a shot of toppling the R because of Price but these top end cars are more a gimick to sell the reg models so I dont think who ever win this race cares as much as about this race as much as who sell the most of the basic models with the same name

      • I need to read your sentences for few times but we are talking about hot hatch here, and not base i30 or Civic. And I was talking in terms of performance against price. Beside that manufacturer do takes hot hatch seriously. It’s not just a “gimmick”.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    You’re probably right.

    I just can’t enjoy the styling of the R.

  • javier

    hyundai’s are definitely easier on the eye than civis

  • Jason Miller

    The fastback just needs to be the new Elantra sedan.

  • Maykel

    Coming to North America?

  • SteersUright

    Looks like it’ll be just as ugly as the Civic Type R but without that car’s proven capabilities and build quality. It won’t be a serious challenger to the Type R in any manner, from first appearances.

    • LWOAP

      I seriously doubt that.

  • Six Thousand Times

    This was the combo I was hoping to see.

  • LWOAP

    It doesn’t need to lure me away. The CTR pushed me away with it’s horrendous styling, triple exhausts, and fake intakes. Even now, when I see one in the metal I still cringe.

    Even if this ends up being slower, there is no way it can be any uglier than Honda’s offering.

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