The 2021 Hyundai i30 N hot hatch will be offered with a dual-clutch auto transmission for the first time when it reaches showrooms in July.
Facelifted for 2021, the i30 N will also get more power, more tech and a revised styling for a higher entry price from $44,500 plus on-road costs – a hike of up to $3,100.
Three variants will be on offer: an entry-level i30 N with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, a manual only mid-tier i30 N Premium, and range-topping i30 N Premium with Sunroof with both transmissions.
Under the bonnet of the updated i30 N is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 206kW at 6,100rpm and 392Nm from 2,100-4,700rpm, an increase of 4kW and 39Nm over the outgoing model.
Power is directed to the front wheels via a carried over 6-speed manual or an all-new, $3,000 optional in-house developed eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Hyundai says the dual-clutch auto will propel the i30 N from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds, against the manual’s 5.9 seconds, with both cars topping out at 250km/h.
Standard N-specific equipment across the range includes adaptive dampers, an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential, 360mm performance disc brakes up front, 19-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in specifically developed Pirelli Zero HN tyres, a variable sports exhaust, N Performance Driving Data System, rev-matching, chassis stiffness bar in the boot and N Drive Mode.
Kicking off the range is the i30 N priced from $44,500 for the six-speed manual, or $47,500 for the dual-clutch auto.
Standard features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio and satellite navigation, a 4.2-inch driver information display, wireless smartphone charging, LED headlights, taillights, indicators and daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control and reverse camera.
On the safety front, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-following assist and driver attention monitor are all standard.
Rear cross-traffic alert is also standard but will only brake for automatic models, with manual cars providing a warning only.
Stepping up to the i30 N Premium costs $47,500 plus on-road costs, an increase of $3,100 over the outgoing Luxury Pack model.
Additional equipment includes N Light heated sports buckets seats drapped in Alcantara and leather, a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, Alcantara trim, and an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.
Topping off the range is the i30 N Premium with Sunroof priced from $49,000 and $52,000 for the manual and auto, respectively, and brings a panoramic sunroof.