Hyundai teases GTI-punching i30 N
The i30 N could boast 255 horsepower.
Hyundai has published a teaser video that previews the i30 N.
Although brief, the video sheds insight into what we can expect from Hyundai's first true hot hatch. Notably, the model will receive a deeper front bumper, a new grille accented by two pieces of arch-shaped trim, a roof-mounted spoiler, and large alloy wheels. The i30 N is expected to usher in the design language that will influence every upcoming N-badged Hyundai, so odds are we'll see more of the double-arched grille.
The i30 N will be aimed right at the Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus ST, two of the best hot hatches on the planet, so it will need to pack a hefty punch in order to be taken seriously. Rumors indicate it will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tuned to deliver over 255 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. A quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission could be added to the lineup a little later in the production run, however.
The next-generation Hyundai i30 will make its public debut later this month during the Paris Auto Show, but sources close to automaker have hinted that the N-tuned model won't arrive until next year's Geneva Auto Show. Whether or not it will be sold in the United States is up in the air at this point.