Hyundai N Option Concept Borrows A Page From BMW’s M Performance Parts Book

Hyundai has, by all accounts, done a remarkable job in transforming the i30 budget hatchback into the i30 N hot hatch. But those looking for a little extra attitude and customization may be even more enticed by the new N Option range.

Showcased on this show car at the Paris Auto Show this week, the N Option framework will allow buyers to further spec-out their Korean hot hatch with new components, giving it even more of an edge while adding a personal touch.

The i30 N Option concept packs no fewer than 25 additional components inide and out. There’s a carbon-fiber rear wing, for example, along with a carbon hood, quad exhaust tips, and special 20-inch alloys with semi-slick tires – perfect for running at the track. Inside, the show car features black carbon accents, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, red trim, and sports pedals.

“With our N portfolio we are shaking up the competition, and bringing new performance and emotions for our customers,” said Hyundai executive vice president Thomas Schemera.

“The development of our N vehicles is grounded in Motorsport and our engagement there is the pinnacle of N. The new i30 N Line and our i30 N ‘N Option’ show car illustrate our dual approach to customisation, making N available to a wider audience.”

It’s a page taken almost directly out of the BMW M playbook, which similarly offers a full range of optional extras for its performance models. Hyundai doing the same is no surprise, seen as how the Korean automaker tapped BMW’s former M chief Albert Biermann to steer its N sub-brand. Also, we can expect similar options to follow for other performance models in Hyundai’s lineup, like the i30 Fastback N and the Veloster N being offered in the US.

Article updated with live images from Paris

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Live image credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops

  • Vassilis

    Shit, nice! And those brakes!

  • Why I’m not surprised that N is becoming M day by day… they just need some standalone cars!

    • Mr. EP9

      IIRC, I think one of the former heads of M now works at Hyundai’s N division.

      • Yep, and he done a good job no doubt, but maybe standalone cars is a prove that they are not all M copycat.

    • DMax

      Didn’t know that M is in the business of making fast fwd hatchbacks.

  • Mr. EP9

    Give it 400hp and steal the now cancelled Golf R400’s lunch money.

    • SteersUright

      450hp and rear-biased AWD and it will become an affordable supercar slayer.

    • Vassilis

      Not really a good idea on a FWD car :p

      • Mr. EP9

        Which is why they should give it AWD.

        • Vassilis

          But the platform doesn’t support AWD so they can’t do that unless they develop one that does which costs money. Also, an AWD i30 N would be quite a bit more expensive and I’m not sure that would be a clever strategy when the N division isn’t established yet.

  • Tabs Luther

    “Tasteful-looking type-R option pack”

    WANT

  • An Existing Person

    Seeing how cool this looks makes me want one now.

  • SteersUright

    Very, very intriguing. Would love to see an “R” version looking just like this and with serious performance to back up those looks.
    That said, all is not perfect. The infotainment screen looks like a portable gaming system from 10 years ago and the gauges are analog in a world that has gone fully digital. And they aren’t even that “classic” beautiful analog like a timepiece. More of just the cheapo analog in an economy car. Still, small gripes for what seems an awesome overall hot hatch.

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