Hyundai's first ever fully fledged N model has been spotted once again in its natural habitat, near the firm's Nürburgring technical center which has recently been expanded with the addition of a test center.

Hyundai's first ever fully fledged N model has been spotted once again in its natural habitat, near the firm's Nürburgring technical center which has recently been expanded with the addition of a test center.

We don't know for sure if what we are seeing is a test mule or a prototype because the i30 N is believed to be based on the third generation i30 and come out sometime in 2017 when the regular model is also planned to hit the market. The standard third-gen i30 has already been caught on camera as a test mule, so we are inclined to believe the N version seen here is also a test mule with the body of the second generation i30.

Reports suggest it will be more than just a beefed up version of the 186 PS i30 Turbo on sale today as the first fully-fledged N model from Hyundai is expected to adopt an all-wheel drive layout and eschew the 1.6-liter turbo engine to make room for a larger 2.0-liter taken from the RM15 concept where it generates 300 PS (220 kW) and 383 Nm (283 lb-ft) of torque. Since the third generation i30 will ride on an all-new platform, it means the five-door hatchback will likely go through a weight loss program and this will be even more evident on the flagship version.

Hyundai could decide to teases us with a concept sometime next year before coming out with the road-going car in 2017.

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