Hyundai has just unveiled a new offering that combines the performance of a sports car and the practicality of a five-door vehicle. Following a blazing race between professional Hyundai Motorsport drivers Thierry Neuville and Gabriele Tarquini, the South Korean carmaker took the wraps off the new Hyundai i30 Fastback N.
Essentially Hyundai’s third N model after the i30 N and the Veloster N, the new i30 Fastback N boasts of the same design cues as the other two models, as adapted for a different body style. Dubbed by Hyundai as the new i30 Fastback N as the first five-door hot coupe in the C-segment, the all-new i30 Fastback N borrows with a number of dynamic elements of the i30 N five-door hatchback, such as the N Grille as well as the N front bumper and a distinct rear bumper, both featuring a red character line below. The new i30 Fastback N also features a lowered body, a black side sill, a dual twin muffler exhaust as well as an arched rear spoiler integrated into the tailgate. The rear spoiler is highlighted by a glossy black accent.
Inside, the all-new Hyundai i30 Fastback N features an exclusive N steering wheel with red-colored N stitching that is also found on the gear shift and the seats. Although the new i30 Fastback N looks sporty inside, it still offer 450 liters of cargo capacity, which could be increased to 1,351 liters when rear seats are folded flat.
As a five-door hot coupe, the new Hyundai i30 Fastback N offers an uncompromising performance, as made possible by a dynamic turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. This engine can be availed in two flavors: Standard Package and Performance Package.
The Standard Package offers 246 hp (250 PS) of max output and 353 Nm (260 lb.-ft.) of peak torque, which allows the i30 Fastback N to sprint from zero to 100 km/h 6.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. The Performance Package, on the other hand, delivers 271 hp (275 PS) of max output and 353 Nm (260 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. In this guise, the i30 Fastback N to dash from nil to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, with the same top speed as the Standard Package.
Both packages offer an overboost function that hikes torque up to 378 Nm when the max torque is already reached. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The new Hyundai i30 N Fastback comes with the N Grin Control system that allows drivers to choose from five different drive modes via dedicated buttons on the steering wheel: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom.
Hyundai’s N range takes inspiration from the world of motorsport, building on the carmaker’s success in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and the Touring Car Racing (TCR) International series. Hyundai will unveil the new i30 Fastback N in metal at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.