A high-performance Hyundai i30 SR Turbo is under development in Germany and a company insider has revealed Hyundai Australia will be the first to put its hand up for the hot-hatch if it is given the green light for production.
CarAdvice understands the proposed i30 SR Turbo will employ the same turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Veloster SR Turbo, producing 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque.
At that level, the Hyundai i30 SR Turbo would be a genuine rival for the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and would also give the brand an answer to the Pro_cee’d GT from sister company Kia, which will also sport the same 1.6-litre turbo engine when it goes on sale in Australia around December/January.
The new car is expected to be engineered for both right- and left-hand-drive and be built in the Czech Republic.
The news follows this week’s launch of the Hyundai i30 SR – the most powerful i30 hatch to date, with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 129kW and 209Nm. The i30 SR is priced from $27,990.