After a meticulously long campaign, Hyundai presented the i30 N with a lot of fanfare last month to finally have a direct rival to the likes of Golf GTI and Focus ST. Heralder ambitions of the hot hatch is a first edition capped at 100 units that have all been sold in 48 hours on first come, first served in Germany. The reason why it was only available in Deutschland is probably the fact that the i30 N has been carefully tested and optimized at the Nürburgring. In addition, the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH is located in Rüsselsheim where there is also a design center.
These 100 people had to make a deposit of 1000 € via PayPal and, in return, they will enjoy dinner at the Nürburgring and will receive a “fan package”. In addition, they will also attend a product workshop with the i30 N’s Designer Chef and will receive professional training on the runway. All this will happen in October, when customers will take delivery of their cars to present an individually numbered label.
As a reminder, Hyundai will sell its first performance model N in two flavors: 250 hp (184 kW) and 275 hp (202 kW). The output will be provided by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine delivering 353 Nm (260 lb.-ft.) of torque in both cases. The warmest version reaches 62 mph (100 km / h) in 6.1 seconds, making three tenths of a second from the input level model. Regardless of which one you go, both surpass at 155 mph (250 km / h).
To advance it in a circuit, Hyundai engineers adapted the performance tailgate with a limited slip differential, rev-matching technology and electronically controlled suspension to reduce body rolling and increase speed In turn. There are five driving modes to choose from and a launch control system to achieve this sprint time.
The i30 N will be available initially only with a six-speed manual transmission, but an automatic transmission is also on the agenda and there might even be an AWD version away.