With the Hyundai i30 N’s imminent arrival in local showrooms, Hyundai is setting itself apart from its rivals by embracing the car’s motorsport enthusiast origins with its standard five-year, unlimited kilometer warranty also covering non-competition track use.
“This is a car of passion, a true enthusiast’s car that will win fans for the way it looks, drives and sounds,” said Hyundai Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. JW Lee.
“We are extremely excited to be able to finally launch this, the first product from Hyundai’s ‘N’ performance division.
“It is a car that makes a strong case against all its rivals in sheer performance terms and its $39,990 MLP makes that case even more compelling,” Mr Lee added.
The car also benefits from local suspension development and hot weather testing which was carried out on prototype cars over the past 15 months.
“Australia’s extreme climate, unique roads and challenging driving conditions became a focal point of global pre-production testing,” said Andrew Tuitahi, Hyundai Australia’s Senior Product Planning Manager.
“Hot weather durability testing was carried out in Australia over the summer of 2016-17 as part of i30 N’s global development programme, with a number of mechanical and electronic systems verified. This is a car that is very familiar with our country already.”
In Australia, the i30 N will be offered in a single 202kW ‘Performance’ model (equivalent to i30 N ‘Performance Package’ vehicles sold globally).
Standard i30 N features include an active variable exhaust system, electronically-controlled adaptive suspension, and an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential. It also has a launch control function. Overboost lifts torque output to 378Nm at full throttle for up to 18 seconds.
Styling enhancements include 19” alloy wheels fitted with specially developed Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres and an aerodynamically-functional full body kit.
The sports theme is carried over to the interior, which includes sports front seats, a leather-appointed steering wheel, alloy sports pedals, N race computer and instrument panel-mounted shift lights.
The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and continuously variable valve control.
The engine develops 202kW and 353Nm (378Nm with overboost). Maximum speed is 250km/h and i30 N accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds.
The six-speed manual transmission is mated to the Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), driving through the front wheels.
The i30 N comes exclusively with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, distinctive red N brake calipers and large brake discs (345mm front and 314mm rear).