After a hectic couple of days at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, we were given the opportunity to track test the Europe’s Hyundai i30 Turbo at the famed Nurburgring, in Germany.
Before we all too excited, let’s be clear on the car’s positioning. The i30 Turbo is no hot hatch – it’s lukewarm at best. And that’s exactly what Hyundai is billing it as: a not-so-hot precursor to the much talked about high-performance N brand.
Hyundai is keen to leverage its involvement in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and in doing so, aims to “bring winding road fun to customers who love cars”.
According to Albert Biermann (formerly BMW M VP Engineering), Hyundai’s Head of Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai N will look to create pioneering high-performance cars.
Armed with the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the i30 Tourer, but as the badge denotes, this one’s got a turbocharger to boost power from 98kW to 137kW.
It also gets sports suspension tuning and quicker steering, along with a few tasty red accents inside and excellent sports seats.
To see what we thought, read the review and watch the video.