Raf van Nuffel, Hyundai's Head of Product Management, spends a while walking us around the i30 N in this video, and commenting on what Hyundai wanted to achieve with their first N Performance vehicle.
Hyundai has introduced i30 N, its first ever hot hatchback, which is expected to be launched in February 2018.
The "N" stands for Namyang, Hyundai's global R&D centre in Korea, where the idea was born, and for the Nurburgring, home to Hyundai's European test centre, where the N line-up was further developed and tested. Compared to the five-door version, the i30 N is 4 mm lower with 18-inch wheels and 8 mm lower with 19-inch wheels.
The i30 N passengers are held in by sports seats with lumbar support adjustment. The rear comes complete with a subtle spoiler and redesigned taillights.
Powering the Hyundai i30 Fastback will be a choice of either a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine making 118bhp or a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 138bhp. The Fastback will be offered with a standard manual gearbox and an optional dual-clutch transmission. The proportions are also easy on the eye and all that is left is for Hyundai to give the vehicle the best performance around. Launch control can be effectively used in N drive mode with ESP switched off. Speaking of which, buyers can choose between either a standard system with a five-inch monochrome screen and Bluetooth capability, or an upgraded colour capacitive touchscreen unit with a reverse camera. The different modes change the character of the auto, adjusting the parameters of the engine, the dampers, ESC, limited slip diff and rev-matching.
It's just a few days since the Hyundai i30 N was properly revealed, and, certainly in the way it looks and the spec, it seems to have more than enough to tackle cars like the Focus ST and Golf GTI - and then some. The facility opened in 2008 and started production of the first generation i30 the same year.