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