Amid the sales drop of some of its models in the US and the UK, Hyundai has become more impassioned to step up its game. The Korean automaker introduced a new performance hatchback, the 2018 Hyundai i30 N to compete against the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 308 GTi, and Ford Focus ST.
The standard i30 N hatchback has a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that can generate 247 horsepower. This model can do the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 6.4 seconds. But you can always get the optional Performance Pack if you wish to have more power. Adding this pack will let your i30 N produce up to 271 horsepower, which reduces the car’s 0-62 time down to 6.2 seconds with launch control engaged. Both flavours have a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), and a torque of 260 pound-feet (352 Newton-metres).
During the development process of the i30 N, the company spent over 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) of testing at the Nurburgring. This enabled engineers to develop a track-focused car. The 2.0 liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission that features rev matching for smoother shifts, as well as an electronic differential. The hatchback was also given several drive modes including Eco, Normal, Sport, N mode and N Custom. The N mode alters the dampers, steering weight and throttle responsiveness, while the N Custom lets you adjust the i30 N the way you like it.
Compared to the i30, the suspension of the i30 N had been lowered, and it had also been given a new variable valve exhaust, which makes the newer model sound more aggressive with just a push of a button.
The i30 N is dressed in Performance Blue paint from the WRC, but it still is not as appealing as the Civic Type R. It has a prominent spoiler mounted on the trunk that gives more downforce when the car accelerates. The lower suspension and overall bodywork also makes it look more purposeful.
In the cabin, there is a chunky steering wheel for the driver and bolstered sports seats up front, while the rear passengers still get decent seats. There is a center console that comes with a standard five-inch touchscreen display that can be upgraded to an eight-inch one. Lastly, the i30 N comes with a trunk that stores just enough space.
The 2018 Hyundai i30 N looks promising. However, don’t expect it to come to the United States anytime soon. To date, the pricing for this model has not been announced but it will most likely be priced similarly to the Golf GTI.