According to a report from Australia, the Hyundai i30 N will be introduced next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It was late 2013 when Hyundai established its "N" performance arm and at that point it was believed the i20 would be the first to get a more focused version, but now it seems the larger i30 will lead the way. It has already been spotted and now we are hearing from Australian magazine GoAuto that it will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Interestingly, the report specifies it will be more than just a hardcore version of the front-wheel drive 186 PS i30 Turbo as the range-topping N derivative will allegedly get an all-wheel drive system and a larger 2.0-liter turbocharged engine derived from the RM15 mid-engined concept where it develops 300 PS (220 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 383 Nm (283 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm.
The i30 N will go through some serious changes to accommodate the all-wheel drive system and the punchy larger 2.0-liter engine, with some saying that it will actually ride on a newly developed modular platform for compact cars.
At this point it's not very clear if the vehicle set to be showed at IAA will be a concept or a production version, but it will be interesting to see whether the i30 N will in fact be an all-new car compared to the other i30-badged models.