Hyundai’s upcoming performance hot hatch, the i30 N, has been inadvertently revealed during a presentation.
The i30 N will debut with two models – a 250hp (186kW) model and a 275hp (205kW) performance package variant. The car will also debut Hyundai’s first ‘E-LSD’ system, an electronically-controlled mechanical limited-slip front differential.
The higher-output model will likely be offered with a firmer suspension tune and a track oriented setup – as we heard from Albert Biermann, head of vehicle test and high performance development, last year.
N models will feature unique front and rear elements, along with a larger boot mounted spoiler and side skirts. Unique wheels will round out the package.
The interior comes with upgraded seats that feature extending bolsters and a new steering wheel that offers switchable drive modes. N models appear to also get quad-exhaust pipes and a unique rear diffuser.
It appears that N models will initially launch with a six-speed manual transmission and be followed by an eight-speed wet dual-clutch shifter from 2019.
Australia will get both versions, and it’s expected they will arrive in Australia by the end of 2017.
Listen to the CarAdvice team discuss the Hyundai i30 N below, and catch more like this at caradvice.com/podcast.