The Hyundai i30 N has probably been the most talked-about hot hatch of the last 12 months. Eager to see what this pocket rocket is all about, we reached out to Hyundai for a one-week loaner.
However, before we get too familiar with the car, we want you to Ask Us Anything about the i30 N. Does it look good in person? How does it sound? Is it fast? Does it handle well? It’s up to you what you want to ask and during our full review of the car coming soon, we’ll try and answer as many of your questions as possible.
The first thing to note is that the i30 N is not sold stateside. This is a real shame as it is undeniably one of the must-have performance cars of the moment, but for what it’s worth, those in the United States can buy the Veloster N. We’re yet to get any seat time in that one, but suspect it drives in quite a similar fashion to its hatchback sibling.
In Australia, the Hyundai i30 N is sold exclusively in ‘Performance’ guise and can’t be purchased in the 250 hp form that’s sold alongside it in other markets. We’re not complaining, however, as that means the 2.0-liter turbocharged four pumps out a meaty 271 hp or 202 kW in Aussie-form. Torque sits at 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) but that increases to 378 Nm (278 lb-ft) on overboost. Power is sent through the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
We won’t reveal too much about how the car drives just yet; suffice to say, it is one of the most enjoyable cars we’ve driven in quite some time. Stay tuned for more.