First previewed in concept form at the 2012 Sydney motor show, the new Hyundai i30 SR is priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs and comes equipped with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated direct-injection petrol engine.
The engine is borrowed from the i40 range and produces 129kW and 209Nm of torque, which is 19kW and 31Nm more than the current 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre multi-point injection engine, previously the most powerful engine in the i30 line-up.
Hyundai also claims the new powerplant makes at least 200Nm more between 4000rpm and 5500rpm.
Available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with sequential mode, the i30 SR accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds in manual guise and from 0-400m in 15.6 seconds. These times are 1.4sec and 0.7sec quicker than the standard 1.8-litre i30 Elite manual.
The i30 SR also gets revised gear ratios (taller) to those in the 1.6-litre diesel and 1.8-litre petrol versions.
Hyundai claims the combined fuel economy for the i30 SR manual is 7.2L/100km, while the automatic’s figure is 7.5L/100km (compared with 6.5 and 6.9L/100km respectively for the standard 1.8-litre engine).
There’s also a unique suspension tune for the i30 SR, developed locally for Australian conditions. Hyundai’s engineers tested 43 separate suspension component combinations resulting in re-valved dampers from shock absorber manufacturer Sachs, together with unique front springs – four per cent stiffer than those in the rest of the petrol i30 range.
Based on the mid-spec i30 Elite, the i30 SR comes standard with 17-inch machine-faced alloy wheels, a unique sports grille with piano-black insert, HID Xenon headlights, rear diffuser and SR badges.
Inside, there are sports alloy-faced pedals, leather/leatherette upholstery, powered driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The i30 will be available from dealerships later this week and is available in four exterior colours; Creamy White, Phantom Black Mica, Brilliant Red Mica and Hyper Silver Metallic (unique to the SR model).
Hyundai i30 SR pricing (excludes on-road costs)
Hyundai i30 SR manual – $27,990
Hyundai i30 SR automatic – $30,190