Hyundai showed off its i30 Fastback last July. But in two months, we'll get a look at the hardcore variant of the otherwise sedated sedan: the i30 Fastback N. Like the i30 N and Veloster N before it, the i30 N fastback will be mean; expect a similar output and matching visual enhancements.
The i30 Fastback N will use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as the hatchback, meaning it should have the same performance credentials. Output should be in the neighborhood of 247 horsepower (184 kilowatts) in standard guise and 271 hp (202 kW) if buyers opt for the Performance Pack.
Visually, the i30 Fastback N will be a dramatic departure from the entry-level model. But it will share plenty in common with its five-door sibling. Spy photos have hinted at an aggressive front fascia with a larger grille, bigger wheels, and an integrated rear spoiler out back with dual exhaust tips. Expect the i30 N fastback to ride a bit lower to the ground, too.
"i30 N, Veloster N, and i30 Fastback N have the same performance gene and share a strong character," said Executive Vice President Thomas Schemera. "They are equipped with sophisticated technology and design elements. At Hyundai, we always accept new challenges and try different things to deliver groundbreaking experiences for our customers. We aren't here to simply build cars, we want to create emotions, feelings, and desire."
The new i30 Fastback N will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show this October and should go on sale throughout Europe early in 2019. Buyers in the U.S. won't get either of the i30 N variants, but we can still make do with the hot Veloster N, set to go on sale in a few months.
Gallery: Hyundai i30 N Fastback spied at the Nurburgring
Hyundai N’s name and reputation were established in global motorsports. Since its inception in 2015, N has performed at the highest level, racing with success in the FIA World Rally Championship, the Nürburgring’s VLN series, the TCR International Series, Pirelli World Challenge, and the grueling Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. Hyundai’s competition-honed N vision and philosophy come to life in a systematically structured product portfolio of world-class consumer and competition vehicles including halo models built around high performance powertrains and chassis that deliver outstanding vehicle dynamics.
N models including the i30 N and Veloster N offer exclusive engine performance and dynamic technology innovations to satisfy performance-oriented enthusiasts. The introduction of the latest N car, the i30 Fastback N, completes the first phase of the N performance vehicle rollout.
The new N Line, characterized by N-specific design and performance-enhancing elements, further widens the range of choices available to customers. These vehicles will be instantly distinguishable by their differentiated design elements. Finally, N Options will offer N-produced customization parts for drivers who desire improved performance and uniqueness.
Rather than focus on outright performance numbers, the N experience is built to get the driver’s heart racing. Beats per minute (BPM) are prioritized over revolutions per minute (RPM). With this fun-to-drive nature as its defining characteristic, the N models deliver the agile cornering ability you expect from a sports car combined with everyday drivability and race track capability.
Biermann used his extensive knowledge and experience developing high-performance production cars to spearhead the Hyundai N Brand’s development.
The name ‘N’ represents two important elements. First, the Namyang district in South Korea where Hyundai Motor Group’s global R&D center is located and the N brand was first born. Second, the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, which is home to Hyundai’s Technical Center and used to hone the N vehicles. Finally, the 'N' logo itself is also a graphical representation of a classic racetrack chicane; a tight serpentine turn in the road.