July 13, 2017: The hotly anticipated 2018 Hyundai i30 N has officially been revealed this week ahead of its Australian launch, due this coming November.
As previously forecast, the Korean hot hatch will be available in two versions: the regular N and a more focused Performance Package variant.
Both models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. In the standard i30 N, the unit develops 184kW of power at 6000rpm and 353Nm of torque between 1450rpm and 4000rpm.
With the Performance Package, the power figure jumps up to a meatier 202kW of power at the same 6000rpm, while the same 353Nm of torque is available from 1450rpm to 4700rpm.
Drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, with no automatic shifter to be offered for a couple of years yet.
Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes a claimed 6.4 seconds in standard trim, while the Performance Package is 0.2 seconds quicker at 6.2 seconds. Both models have a top speed rated at 250km/h.
Outside, the i30 N is distinguished from more pedestrian i30 models through its aggressive body kit, larger intakes, darkened headlight internals, gloss black rear spoiler, and pumped wheel arches.
Filling those arches are 18-inch alloy wheels on the N, while the Performance Package gets larger 19s.
The 18-inchers are wrapped in 225/40 Michelin tyres, while the larger 19-inch rims come with 235/35 Pirelli rubber.
Compared to the standard i30, the N and Performance Package ride 4mm lower and 8mm lower respectively.
Inside, there's a new N steering wheel with toggles to choose between the three standard driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco) on the left, while the additional N mode can be engaged using the chequered flag N button on the right.
Just above the N button is a switch to activate the i30 N's rev matching function.
The leather-trimmed steering wheel is finished with 'N blue' stitching and branded with the N logo at the base. A blue stripe adorns the gear knob, which also features the N badge on the ball-type knob.
Front occupants are treated to new sports seats with extendable seat cushions, available in suede/leather or cloth, stamped with the N logo on the back rest.
European versions will be equipped as standard with a 5.0-inch central infotainment system, with a larger 8.0-inch unit available as an option, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There's also the model-specific N mode screen menu which offers customisable settings for the engine, suspension, steering, transmission rev matching and stability control. Performance Package variants add functions for the electronic limited-slip differential.
Numerous performance features are offered with the i30 N, including launch control, the aforementioned rev matching function, variable suspension damping, and an electronic sound generator at the base of the windscreen to add "some extra acoustic drama".
Opting for the Performance Package also adds an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential (E-LSD) and a variable exhaust system, along with larger brake discs with N-branded red calipers.
The i30 N also comes equipped with a range of active safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), driver attention alert, lane keep assist, speed limit information with sign recognition, and high beam assist.
Six exterior paint choices are available, including the striking Performance Blue (pictured), Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black or Engine Red.
The i30 N will be produced at the company's Czech plant.
The i30 N will arrive locally in "late 2017" - currently expected to be in November - though Hyundai Australia is still to confirm whether it will offer both variants here.
Guido Schenken, public relations manager for the company's local arm, told CarAdvice either both the standard i30 N and the Performance Package will be offered, otherwise the uprated version will come here as a standalone variant.
Stay tuned for more updates in the lead-up to the hot hatch's launch later this year.
UPDATE, August 15: Originally due sometime around November this year, the i30 N’s Australian launch is now delayed to 2018, currently expected for February or March. Hyundai has declined to offer details on the delay.
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