While the motor show debut of the i30 Fastback N has already been confirmed for October 2 in Paris, we’ll get the first opportunity to see the car without camouflage a few days earlier.
Hyundai says it will reveal the i30 Fastback N on September 26 “on the road from Rome to Paris.” More specifically, the automaker will have two of its best racing drivers compete against each other in the i30 Fastback N between the two capital cities.
According to the press release, FIA TCR driver Gabriele Tarquini and WRC ace Thierry Neuville will “will push the high-performance coupe to its limits” as they will drive it from Rome to Paris to set a new record.
There are no further details about this mysterious race, but it should take place on closed roads if Hyundai really wants Tarquini and Neuville to give the i30 Fastback N a proper shakedown. Nevertheless, we don’t think it’s possible to close a congested 1,422-km (883-mile) route like the one from Rome to Paris, so maybe Hyundai is thinking of a road trip rather than a race.
Anyway, we’ll learn what this race is about in a few days, but until then you should know Hyundai describes the i30 Fastback N as “the first five-door hot coupe in the C segment.” The model is very likely to use the same powertrain and chassis as the i30 N and Veloster N hatchbacks.
Expect a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine making either 250 PS (247 hp) or 275 PS (271 hp), as well as a high-performance chassis honed on the Nürburgring.