There is a new hot hatch on roads. More precisely, it’s going to arrive in the next several months. And guess what, it’s not coming from Germany or North America but from Korea. You are looking into the new i30, yet not in the regular one, but in the high-performance 2018 Hyundai i30 N. Aside it’s quite evident it’s going to look quite handsome, the car will have a well-balanced powertrain as well. And no, it won’t have as much power as Mercedes’ A45, but it will be in the class with Ford’s Focus ST.
The base model (if we may call it “base”) will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers around 250 horsepower. However, in case you need more power, the car manufacturer will offer a high-performance version of the 2018 Hyundai i30 N that’s going to pump out a whopping 275 horsepower from the same engine. Of course, both versions will be mated to the standard six-speed manual, but you will have to pick an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want our opinion, we always vote for the manual.
The N model won’t be just the i30 with a powerful engine, but also the hot hatch equipped with some special kit. The manufacturer will add a modified suspension system that includes a new front axle knuckle for sharper cornering. Plus, there are pretty large 20-inch wheels with bigger brakes and performance-oriented tires.
It’s really important to know that the engine can easily develop significantly more power that the carmaker plans to enable. For instance, the N Concept RN30 used the same engine, but with an impressive 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of twist. Although we are pretty sure that the 2018 i30 N won’t have as much power, you can count on some additional improvements.
According to the latest reports, the 2018 Hyundai i30 N will be officially introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, so it should become available early next year.