Wearing a razor-sharp price of $39,990, the hot Hyundai i30 N will be a full $1500 more affordable than the segment benchmark, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but will pack a punch almost as hard as its more muscular Golf R stablemate.
While the Volkswagen performance halo has 213kW and 380Nm the Hyundai snaps at its heels with 202kW and 353Nm (and up to 378Nm on overboost) – way ahead of the standard GTI’s now piddly-looking 169kW/350Nm.
Performance also usurps the Golf GTI, with a claimed 0-100km/h dispatched in 6.2 seconds for the manual-only Hyundai, while the manual Golf does the benchmark in 6.5secs – 6.4secs with a dual-clutch auto.
The i30 N will sell in two grades in other global markets, offering a choice of power and performance, but for Australia’s more performance and equipment-demanding buyer, only the most potent version will be offered – effectively making the Performance Pack offered as an option overseas as standard kit here.
Aussie Hyundai customers will have the option to delve deeper into their pockets and add a dose of luxury to their i30 N via a $3000 package.
Ticking the Luxury Pack box adds electric-adjust and heated front sports seats with extended cushioning, suede and leather inserts, a memory function for the driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel.
The glazing also gets an upgrade with a ‘solar control’ windscreen and rain-sensing wipers, privacy glass for rear-seat passengers, power folding mirrors and a self-dimming rear-view mirror. Front parking sensors are added to the standard rear ones, and the i30 N also gains LED puddle and courtesy lights, wireless device charging and keyless entry and start.
If you want a sunroof, it will cost another $2000 on top of the $3000 Luxury Pack, making it a $5000 option.
Standard performance-enhancing kit highlights include an active exhaust, adaptive suspension, electro-mechanical LSD, launch control, uprated brakes housed in 19-inch wheels (shod in Pirelli P Zeros) and a rear strut brace.
On the inside, black roof lining, an ‘N race computer’, contrasting blue stitching and smoked metallic trims and alloy pedal plates are standard and set the N apart from its more ordinary siblings.
Also differentiating the high-performance halo are sportier front and rear bumpers, a different grille, rear spoiler, gloss black trims and side skirts, as are a number of metallic/mica paint options that add another $495 to the bottom line.
How are you finding our new site design? Tell us in the comments below or send us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your monthly fix of news, reviews and stories on the greatest cars and minds in the automotive world.
Genesis GV60 EV spied inside and out
With its new G80 Electric limo already out in the open, Genesis's next electric vehicle is this: the GV60 small SUV
New Maserati GranTurismo electric supercoupe teased
Maserati shares first images of upcoming new new GranTurismo, the company's first EV
2022 Lexus NX revealed, Australian variants confirmed
Lexus has revealed the new generation of its best-selling model, and when it’ll be here