Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Hyundai i30 N full details

Hyundai i30 N full details

We've already had an early drive in a heavily-disguised Hyundai i30N test mule, but these are the first official pics of the South Korean brand's all-new Golf GTI-rivalling hot-hatch.

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Powetrain options include a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines - the three-cylinder 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDI, and the four-cylinder 140hp 1.4-litre T-GDI.

That's enough for a distinctly un-i30-like top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time - providing you can change up through the six-speed manual gearbox fast enough - of just 6.1 seconds with the launch control activated (6.4 seconds in the 248bhp variant). Created to deliver "maximum driving fun in an accessible high-performance package", the performance-oriented i30 gets a lowered ride height and more aggressive bodywork than the regular i30 family hatchback.

But as with any hot hatch, the i30 N's straight-line speed shouldn't be the focus for drivers.

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Apart from those extras, the Performance Pack also picks up a bi-modal exhaust system as well as more supportive front seats, higher-grade interior trim with leather and suede throughout the cabin and a larger 8.0-inch colour touch screen multi media system with Bluetooth, digital radio, sat nav, smartphone mirroring and specific N performance pages that allows the driver to customise the settings for individual parameters of the vehicle as well as monitor the engine's outputs while on the fly. For example, the i30 N comes with an electronically controlled limited slip differential (E-LSD) that allows driven wheels to turn at different speeds by applying different amounts of torque depending on the load transfer.

The emphasised wheelarches, unique side sills, additional air vents and twin exhaust pipes all add visual drama and are complemented by red brake callipers and a gloss-black finish for the wing mirrors and rear spoiler; the latter features a triangular central brake light. The i30 N also lets drivers choose between a handful of driving modes, all of which alter various characteristics of the vehicle.

Harnessing all this tech is a five-mode drive select system, consisting of Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings.

Yep, available only in N mode with the electronic stability control switched off, Hyundai promises that the i30N's launch control system will help customers pull away like a "professional race driver".

Regarding technology, a 5-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is included as standard, while the larger 8-inch display with built-in satellite navigation is optional, but it highlights new and exclusive N menu showing power usage, turbo boost, as well as a lap timing function. Drivers can upgrade to 271bhp via a so-called Performance package. Performance Pack models will get an active exhaust system in addition to 19-inch wheels shod in Pirelli high-performance rubber (18-inch units with Michelin rubber are standard) and larger front and rear brake discs with red calipers. On the outside, the i30 N does look more aggressive than the i30, but it's overall design is more subtle than the Civic Type R.

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