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A high performance version of the Hyundai i30 has been spotted by our photographers wandering around on public roads near the Nurburgring.

Rumour has it that this go-fast version of the Hyundai i30 will be the first production car from the company’s N division, equipped with a version of the company’s 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine that’s been retuned for around 180kW of power.

This motor is currently employed in the facelifted i30 range in Europe, where it produces 137kW of power and 265Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed manual.

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Interestingly, the hot i30 prototype is fitted with pre-facelift styling elements, including head- and tail-lights, as well as front and rear fascias. Lashings of silver tape partially obscure the front clip, which been modified to include side air intakes where the fog lights would normally reside, as well as a new, lower front spoiler.

Behind the grey and silver alloy wheels are larger discs and red callipers. Inside the car, we can see a set of gauges perched on the centre of the dashboard.

Out the back, the exhaust system doesn’t bear any hallmarks that one would normally associate with a hot hatch. Instead, this prototype has a single, unadorned tailpipe.

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Hyundai launched the N performance sub-brand in late 2013 as its own take on other marques’ performance divisions, such as M, AMG, RenaultSport, Lexus F, Nismo and Polestar.

At the sub-brand’s launch, the company presented an i20 WRC car with prominent N branding. Since then, though, no production road cars have materialised.

According to Hyundai, N is named in honour of its Namyang R&D centre in South Korea, which is involved with the company’s motorsport and rallying endeavours.




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