Hyundai has released the first bit of official information on the upcoming i30 N Fastback, the third member of its expanding high-performance model lineup wearing the N logo.
The Korean car maker said that development of the hot ‘five-door coupe’ is now well under way, testing prototypes on a variety of road surfaces around Europe. This of course includes the Nurbugring, where Hyundai has its own technical center.
Both the historic track and its surrounding roads are used to evaluate the performance and durability of the upcoming Hyundai i30 N Fastback, which is expected to use the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain with its hatchback sibling.
This means that the finished car will be offered in two power guises: 246hp (250PS) in the base model and 271hp (275PS) in the Performance Package version.
The exterior of the i30 N Fastback is going to feature a more aggressive bodykit that includes bigger air intakes at the front, deeper side sills, a rear diffuser and integrated wing on the hatchback, as well as a set of bigger wheels.
The chassis will likely employ an adaptive suspension and the same set of driving modes, as introduced in the i30 N hatchback. Straight-line performance would be also similar, with the i30 N hatchback capable of running the classic 0-62mph (100km/h) in 6.1 seconds.
Hyundai says that the i30 N Fastback will be unveiled later this year, with more information to be announced closer to the time of the reveal.