Hyundai has unveiled the updated i30 N, which comes with an enhanced exterior design and an optional new wet-type 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (N DCT).
Like the previous version, the new Hyundai i30 N is available in both hatchback and fastback body types.
NEW VISUAL ENHANCEMENTS
In front, the N signature can be found on the wide centre grille, which sports a sharp mesh design and has been optimised for efficient engine cooling. The N logo has also been integrated onto the wheel caps.
Other design enhancements include new LED headlamps with V-shaped Daytime Running Lights. The outer bumper corners also now incorporate air curtains to improve the airflow and reduce turbulence in the wheel housing.
The new Hyundai i30 N hatchback features an updated rear end design, while the rear of the new i30 N Fastback remains unchanged.
For the hatchback, the large spoiler with an integrated N triangular brake light creates downforce. The rear lamps have also been updated and feature a new LED signature, and two large exhaust pipes are now integrated into the lower bumper diffuser.
The new i30 N with standard trim is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels. Cars fitted with the Performance Package will get newly-developed 19-inch forged alloy wheels. They are 14.4kg lighter than the current 19-inch cast alloy wheels.
Performance Package-equipped cars are also outfitted with high-performance Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for the i30 N, while the standard trim offers Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The new Hyundai i30 N also now comes with the optional lightweight, high-performance front N Light Seats. These monoform high-performance sport seats are 2.2kg lighter than the standard seats, and come with pronounced bolsters for excellent lateral support.
The N Light Seats are made of premium leather and Alcantara and come with Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest.
Inside, the new Hyundai i30 N comes with an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It is also available with the latest version of Bluelink, Hyundai’s connected car service that offers a range of new benefits and services. These include Connected Routing, Last Mile Navigation, live parking information, and a new user profile feature.
NEW 8-SPEED DUAL-CLUTCH FOR THE HYUNDAI i30 N
The new Hyundai i30 N comes with a turbocharged 2-litre engine with either a 6-speed manual gearbox (6MT) or – for the first time – a wet-type 8-speed N DCT.
In standard trim, the new Hyundai i30 N with the 6MT produces 247bhp and 353Nm.
With the Performance Package, the engine delivers 276bhp. This is an increase of 5bhp from the original i30 N, and is available with both the 6MT and the N DCT. The torque for the Performance Package variant has been increased by 39Nm to 392Nm.
Both trim levels have a maximum speed of 250km/h, and the new i30 N with the Performance Package can go from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. The acceleration time is an improvement of 0.2 seconds against the previous model.
As with its predecessor, the new Hyundai i30 N is equipped with a range of high-performance driving features including Rev Matching, Launch Control and a rear stiffness bar.
Those that opt for the N DCT will also get an N Grin Shift feature, activated by pushing a button on the steering wheel. The feature releases maximum acceleration power from the engine and transmission for 20 seconds, bringing performance that is sure to bring a grin to the driver’s face.
Customers who select the Performance Package can also benefit from the N Corner Carving Differential, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Additionally, the size of the front brake discs have been increased from 345mm to 360mm for better braking performance.
Read our review of the outgoing i30 N here!
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