Hyundai’s unrelenting assault on the Australian performance market rounds out with the introduction of the 2022 i30 N Sedan.
On sale now from $49,000 before on-road costs, the single-spec offering brings a high-performance model to the i30 Sedan range for the first time, and joins Hyundai’s N Division’s existing line-up of i30 N hatch and Kona N SUV.
Powering the i30 N Sedan is Hyundai’s tried and tested 206kW/392Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre T-GDI four-cylinder petrol matched with an eight-speed, wet-type dual-clutch (DCT) transmission as standard. A six-speed manual is also available as a no cost option.
The sedan’s larger engine bay enabled the engineers to fit an improved airbox, designed with optimised duct diameter and airflow paths to improve the engine’s linear torque delivery.
Maximum torque arrives from 2,100 to 4,700rpm before maximum power takes over between 5,500 and 6,000rpm. Like its hatch counterpart, drive is sent to the front wheels via an electro-mechanical limited slip differential.
Hyundai claims the i30 Sedan N will sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds when equipped with the DCT, or 5.8 seconds with the manual.
The model also debuts innovations learned from the N Division’s motorsport activities, including a new World Rally Championship-derived Integrated Drive Axle (IDA) front-end that is 55 per cent more rigid as well as shaving 1.7kg of unsprung mass per corner. Another new feature is the brake pre-fill function which reduces the caliper clearance gap in dynamic situations to improve braking response.
The car sits on locally-tuned Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS), with front brakes measuring a sizable 355mm.
Key features include:
- LED headlights with daytime running lights
- LED taillights with light strip
- LED N triangle rear fog light
- Boot mounted wing-type spoiler
- 245-section Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ‘HN’ tyres specially developed for the model
- Active variable exhaust
- Performance brake package
- Rear stiffness bar
- N Corner carving differential E-LSD
- N Grin Control drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom)
- 25-inch N Supervision digital instrument cluster with N-specific cluster theme
- 25-inch infotainment screen
- Bose premium audio
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Track Maps function (with auto lap timer)
- N Performance driving display
- N Sports front seats
- 19-inch wheels
DCT models adds additional driver functions, including:
- Creep Off – disables ‘transmission creep’ inherent to gearboxes of this kind
- N Grin Shift (NGS) – releases maximum power for 20 seconds
- N Power Shift (NPS) – triggers by more than 90 per cent throttle application, it reduces torque drop-off between shifts to maximise acceleration
- N Track Sense Shift (NTS) – Intelligent self-shifting for the most dynamic of circumstances.
On the safety front, the six airbags are complimented by Hyundai’s SmartSense advanced safety suite which includes:
- Forward collision-avoidance assist – city/urban/pedestrian
- Blind-spot collision avoid assist
- Drive attention warning
- Lane keeping assist
- Lane following assist
- Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist
There are just two cost options for the i30 N Sedan – a sunroof ($2,000) and premium paint ($495)
Standard colours include Polar White and Performance Blue, while optional metallic includes Cyber Grey, Fluid Metal, Intense Blue, Phantom Black (mica), and Fiery Red (mica).