Hyundai will officially launch the RN30 concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Despite being a concept, it’s expected to influence the new i30 hot hatch’s design. A release date is yet to be announced for the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R challenger, reportedly dubbed the i30 N. The teaser image above is our only glimpse so far of what the new car could look like.
A camouflaged test mule has previously been spotted testing at the Nurburgring to ensure it can stand up to the punishment of track running. The rigorous testing process is necessary because the i30 N will represent the sub brand’s first assault on the fierce hot hatch market.
Similarities between the new new i30 and the RN30 concept are clearly visible – with clean lines extending down the side and aggressive angular headlights. The RN30 gets an even more imposing appearance thanks to its squatter stance, thought to house a wider track for better cornering performance.
Functional aerodynamic parts and sculpted bodywork create an aggressive appearance, guiding airflow for extra downforce at very high speeds. No one’s driven the new model yet but rumours suggest Hyundai will target the i30 N at the racier end of the hot hatch market rather than make it an all-rounder like the Peugeot 308 GTi.
Power is expected to come from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine pumping out more than 260hp. The head of Hyundai’s high performance arm is Albert Biermann, once head of BMW’s M division, leading engineering efforts for past BMW M3 and M5 – lending the new model some serious credentials.
Hyundai i30 N hot hatch price and release date
We expect the i30 N to arrive in 2017 with or shortly after the regular i30. It’ll likely be priced similarly to its Ford and Honda rivals so an entry-level price nearing £30,000 seems likely.
Hyundai i30 N hot hatch latest news (updated June 2016)
Hyundai has entered the gruelling Nurburgring 24 hour race with a specially developed i30 powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine. This new unit will eventually be fitted to the upcoming i30 N hot hatch that we imagine could look something like our exclusive render, shown above. Thanks to photos from Motor Authority, we can see this car is already undergoing on-track testing.
An all-new Hyundai i30 has already been spotted on the roads, albeit with heavy camouflage, meaning many dealers will be keen to offer great deals on the outgoing model. See how much you could save using our Hyundai i30 configurator or, If you’d prefer something else, read our list of the top 10 hot hatches currently on sale.
Hyundai i30 N engine and driving
The i30 racing car will enter the gruelling Nurburgring 24-hour race in Germany with the intention of putting the newly developed 2.0-litre turbocharged engine through its paces. It isn’t uncommon for manufacturers to test high performance parts on racing cars first but it’s usually exotic sports cars rather than hot hatches that undergo development in such a high-pressure environment.
If this car proves competitive over a full day of intensive racing, it would suggest the new i30 N hot hatch has the potential to be both fast and reliable. Hyundai hopes it will make a credible rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI but we’ll have to wait until it goes on sale to find out.
New Hyundai i30 N styling
The racing car sports bulbous flared arches and aggressive aerodynamic components that are unlikely to see production – changes made to the engine, suspension and brakes in pursuit of performance are likely to be passed on to the new i30 N, however.
The front bumper appears to be similar to the current i30 Turbo model but the daytime running lights have been removed and new flared arches have been bolted on to cover the wider wheels with slick tyres. The roof mounted spoiler looks fairly tame for a racing car and could, therefore, be passed on to the road going model with relatively few modifications.
New Hyundai i30 N price and release date
No official details have been released but we expect the new Hyundai i30 to go on sale in late 2016 or early 2017. Hyundai might hope to compete with hot hatchbacks such as the Golf GTI but we imagine the i30 N will be significantly cheaper to tempt buyers away from its more established rivals. Check back for further details as and when they become available.
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