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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.


N will also exist as an enhancement package that can be purchased without performance upgrades – similar to the AMG Line available on non-performance Mercedes-Benz models or BMW’s M Sport packages.

Hyundai is also working on different body styles for the next-generation i30 and we expect them to also come with N treatment.


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.


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