Hyundai enhances i30 N hot hatch

Hyundai refines their i30 N ‘hot hatch’ offering

Reuben Van Niekerk
Hyundai i30 N
i30 N

Hyundai’s hot hatch offering has been enhanced with a new design focused on performance, emotion and statement. For the first time the i30 N will be available with N DCT, an eight-speed dual clutch transmission which offers shifting via paddles and three new N performance functions for an even sportier driving experience.


A weight reduction thanks to new 19-inch forged alloy wheels has resulted in a more agile handling package, while additional high-performance driving features combined with updated safety features make the new i30 N a racetrack capable everyday sports car.


What does N stand for?

The letter N represents Namyamg, the location of Hyundai’s global R&D Centre in Korea where the idea for this car was conceptualised and also for the Nurburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European test centre, where the N line-up was further developed and tested.


Refreshed exterior design

Styling changes and design features made exclusively to the i30 N have been developed with a focus on dynamic performance.


The design incorporates Hyundai’s cascading grille at the front, aggressive looking front and rear bumpers and a new rear spoiler. Form follows function as these elements enhance aerodynamic and cooling performance.


At the front a sporty, aggressive appearance is maintained through the black bezel of the headlamps. New to this model are enhanced LED headlamps with V-shaped daytime running lights and V-Shaped LED combi lamps at the rear. The N signature can be found on the wide centre grille, while its specific, sharp mesh design has been optimised to allow for efficient engine cooling. Fresh air inlets on either side of the bumper enhance the brake cooling and aerodynamics.


At the rear a triangular third brake light is housed within a large glossy spoiler while the rear lamps have also been updated and feature a new LED signature. Two large exhaust pipes integrated into the lower bumper diffuser complete the image of this performance-orientated hatchback.


The i30 N will be available in five exterior colours, including high performance blue, which was introduced at the start of its WRC engagement in 2014 and has represented the N line-up ever since.


The 19-inch forged wheels represent a weight saving of 14,4kg and are finished in a dark satin grey matte finish that compliments the red brake callipers adorned with the N logo. High performance Pirelli P-Zero tyres provide the necessary grip.


Inside story

The interior has been designed in such a way that the car and the driver are connected at all the touch points. Central to this concept is the N steering wheel, that allows for easy access to the three driving modes; Normal, Eco and Sport. On the right hand side is the chequered flag N button for N mode, or the customised setting that is visible on the N unique cluster. A rev matching control system can also be activated from the steering wheel.


The steering wheel as well as the gear selector are finished with unique blue stitching and an N logo.


The analogue instrument cluster features an active variable LED red zone, which varies according to engine oil temperature and the shift indicator. The rev counter and speedometer have been designed in accordance with the N line-up and are surrounded by a blue lightning line.


The interior is finished in one-tone black with artificial suede and leather seats that also feature Performance Blue stitching.


Under the bonnet

The i30 N is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers power to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT). This combination provides 206kW at 5200rpm and 392Nm from 1950rpm, which results in a very linear power delivery that ensures improved responsiveness on the road or racetrack. Hyundai claim that the i30 N can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.4 seconds, thanks to launch control, on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.


A gearbox for driving

The N DCT gearbox allows drivers to select a proper manual mode and shift by using the paddle shifters or gear selector. In this mode the car does not automatically upshift at the highest RPM. Designers also built in three modes including N Power Shift, N Grin Shift and N Track Sense Shift.


Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes change the character of the N by adjusting the operating parameters of the engine, electronic stability control, exhaust sound and steering in order to optimise them for specific driving conditions.


Ride and handling

On the latest i30 N, suspension and steering systems have been retuned resulting in improved ride and handling for both transmission types. New suspension settings include a -1.5-degree negative camber, new dampers, springs, bump stops and an adjusted kinematic layout.


An N Corner Carving differential and electronic Limited Slip Differential help put the power down by enhancing grip and improving maximum cornering speed.


Improved safety too

The i30 N is now fitted as standard with Hyundai’s SmartSense active safety and driver assistance features that include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision avoidance and fatigue detection.


Two front and two side airbags for the driver and front passenger as well as curtain airbags extending to the rear seats and a knee airbag for the driver form part of the passive safety features that are in place in the event of a collision.


Technology and connectivity

The i30N features a Performance Driving Data system to monitor and improve the driver’s track skills, with updated graphics for even more ease of use. A 10,25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality ensure connectivity and entertainment while on the move.


Model line up and pricing

The recommended retail price of the new Hyundai i30 N DCT is R749 900 and includes a seven-year/200 000km warranty and a five-year/75 000km service plan.


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