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Hyundai i30 N details firm

By Scott Newman, 23 Jun 2016 News

Hyundai i30 N details firm

New video reveals clues about Hyundai's first hot hatch

Hyundai’s fast future is taking shape ahead of the launch of its standalone ‘N’ performance brand later in 2016.

The first N model will be based on the i30 and while Hyundai is tight-lipped on specifics, it’s dropped a number of hints as to the car’s specification in a YouTube video released to coincide with its recent test run at the Nurburgring 24-Hour.

The Nurburgring prototype uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, bucking the downsizing trend. The video above shows footage of the engine on the dyno and offers a glimpse of outputs of 195kW/310Nm.

Hyundai -i 30-N-mainFinal outputs are likely to be in this ballpark, though the same engine in Hyundai’s RM16 concept car – albeit in a mid-engined application – produces 221kW, so a few extra herbs may be on the agenda, potentially in the form of an overboost function.

The development video also reveals the i30 N will use a dual-clutch gearbox, the aggressive exhaust blurts on upshifts a dead giveaway, though a six-speed manual is also expected to be offered. Power will be fed exclusively to the front wheels via an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential.

Radically widened bodywork appears on the Nurburgring prototype, however such extreme guards would be unlikely to appear on a car aimed at around Golf GTI money.

Hyundai -i 30-N-NurburgringThe current rumour mill suggests the i30 N will appear as a two-tier range, similar to the Peugeot 308 GTi 250 and 270, so some of the higher-spec equipment (such as the tricky diff and bodykit) may be exclusive to the more expensive model.

The i30 N is expected to makes its public debut later in 2016 ahead of a launch in 2017.