Hyundai i30 N Fastback Drops Heavy Camo For Track Tests

If your favorite Hyundai i30 version is the new Fastback, then get ready to fall even more in love with it as the N model is likely to pack the same 250 PS (246 HP) 2.0-liter turbocharged unit as the 5-door hatch.

This means that customers can up the power even more by opting for the Performance Package, which delivers 275 PS (271 HP). The icing on the cake is the six-speed manual transmission, something driving enthusiasts are sure to appreciate.

Appearance-wise, this prototype is wearing a lot less camouflage than the i30 N Fastbacks we saw earlier this year in Sweden performing winter tests, as well as in Germany at the Hyundai Technical Center.

Like the hatchback, the Fastback model will boast a sportier front bumper, side skirts, bigger wheels and bigger brakes with red calipers. A pair of oval exhaust pipes will flank the diffuser at the rear, while the trunk lid spoiler appears slightly chunkier than the one found on the regular car.

Unlike the 5-door hatch, the Fastback looks to be a more elegant solution, with Hyundai themselves claiming that the C-pillar and rear windscreen were inspired by the premium segment – and indeed, if you look at the rear end design, it may remind you a little bit of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

While the Hyundai i30 N Fastback is expected to make its global debut sometime later this year, customers who would rather not wait than long and require a sportier version of this model, can look to Boes Motorsport. The tuner fitted the i30 Fastback with OZ Racing 18″ wheels, lowered it by 25 mm and increased power on the 1.4 T-GDI unit, from 140 horses to 170.

In the end though, the i30 N (regardless of body style), is meant to have proper hot hatchback aspirations. It may not be as fast as a Honda Civic Type R, which has over 300 horsepower, but the Peugeot 308 GTI is definitely worth targeting.

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Photo Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for CarScoops

  • Tabs Luther

    want one

    • cashifyer

      – Said no one ever

      • Jason Miller

        Says me.

  • SteersUright

    The design of the rear portion isnt well resolved. While I love the rear-hatch design utility and sleek looks on some car (Audi A7, etc), in this application It looks too much like the ugly MB GLC Coupe or some misshapen minivan rather than a proper little sport sedan.

  • Jason Miller

    I wish they would bring the fastback over and just make it the regular Elantra.

    • bd0007

      They may bring over the i30N Fastback.

  • KidRed

    Hyundai is gonna start eating into competitor’s sales soon. This looks great.