Hyundai's newborn N division is providing a glimpse of a performance concept based on the third-gen i30.
Hyundai has already announced its first full-blown “N” performance car will see the light of production day next year. To ease the wait, the South Korean marque is going to showcase in Paris starting with the end of this month a concept dubbed “RN30” to serve as a preview for the road-going Golf GTI fighter. Much like the production car, the concept is based on the recently introduced third-generation i30, but with some significant changes.
For starters, it adopts a substantially more aggressive body kit with beefy wheel arches and a prominent front splitter likely made from carbon fiber. We are also able to notice a prominent roof-mounted rear spoiler, a race-spec fuel cap mounted up high, and what appear to be polycarbonate side windows. A set of beefy alloy wheels painted in black and very slender side mirrors (or are those cameras?) round off the changes compared to the regular compact hatchback.
The “RN30” follows the RM14, RM15, and RM16 concepts introduced in recent years. However, those were all based on a modified Veloster and had the engine mounted in the middle sending power to the rear axle. Hyundai’s latest concept probably has a front-engined FWD layout just like next year’s production car.
Details about what powers the concept have not been disclosed, but we do know the N version of the i30 pictured above will make use of a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine producing around 250 horsepower. Further down the line, there might even be an all-wheel-drive model to go after the likes of Golf R and Focus RS. Meanwhile, the regular FWD model is going to be available with a six-speed manual gearbox likely to be joined in 2018 by an automatic to please both worlds.
Should the standard car not suffice, Hyundai through its N division will offer an optional track-oriented package with more power matched by enlarged brakes. The goodies won’t stop there, as an electronically-adjustable limited-slip differential and an upgraded exhaust system will also be part of the deal.
Hyundai through the voice of its Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development, Albert Biermann, has already revealed the car will come at an “affordable” price and will be able to max out at 155 mph (250 kph).
The production-ready i30 in hot-hatch guise should debut in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show. As for the RN30 concept, it will be revealed in full in exactly a week from today in Paris where it’s going to share the spotlight with the facelifted i10 and the new i30.