New Hyundai i30 N hot hatch unleashed

Hyundai i30 Tourer 1.4 T-GDi Premium SE 2017 review

Hyundai i30 Tourer 1.4 T-GDi Premium SE 2017 review

Determined to get its money's worth out of its latest launch event, Hyundai has simultaneously unveiled not one but two all new models in the shape of the 271bhp i30N hot hatch, and its swoopier i30 Fastback sister vehicle.

"The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other objective than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package".

As standard, the i30N comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is an impressive 155mph.

The new Hyundai i30 hasn't been around for long, but engineers in Seoul have frantically been working to expand the range.

The 2.0 litre petrol turbo delivers 247bhp, but there's a performance pack which ups that to a more appealing 271bhp, with the regular i30 hitting 62mph in 6.4 seconds and the Performance pack cutting that to 6.1 seconds.

In the facilities list of "charged" hatchback includes active suspension, limited slip differential electronically controlled active exhaust system, launch control for a quick start, the automatic double-declutching and a fully switchable dynamic stability.

The steering ratio is unique for both models, and the i30 N gets a rack-mounted rather than column-mounted assistance motor for better steering feel. A launch control system is available to ensure flawless starts every time.

The i30 N features several design changes when compared to the standard five-door i30, with a cascading grille and new aerodynamic features at its front and rear.

Drivers can choose between five different modes via buttons on the steering wheel - Eco, Normal Sport, N and N Custom - which adjust the engine note, accelerator response, steering and other attributes depending on the conditions.

Other features include a launch control function, rev-matching for faster gearchanges and quicker steering created to make the auto "instantly responsive at lower speeds".

The i30 N has also been entered into the Nurburgring 24 Hours twice, to test powertrain components and suspension settings.

It should be pointed out some of the systems mentioned above will only be fitted to the i30 N with the Performance Package - which is expected to be a popular option.

Hyundai has officially unveiled the new i30N hot hatch, a 271bhp performance-focused variant of the i30 hatchback that aims to rival the likes of the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTi.

While the exciting drive experience is boosted further with the addition of an engine sound generator inside the cabin which "provides some extra acoustic drama to match the mood of the driver", according to Hyundai. A 5-inch touchscreen display is standard, though an upgraded 5-inch LDC unit is optional and includes a rearview camera.

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