Hyundai Reveals Peppy i30 N Compact Hatchback in Frankfurt
Small performance models are in the spotlight at the Frankfurt Motor Show with Hyundai Motor’s i30 N, a high-performance variant of the i30 compact hatchback. In the U.S., the i30 N becomes the Elantra GT. Powered by a modified turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is the same powertrain used in Hyundai’s Sonata midsize sedan, the i30 N is likely to compete with the VW Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST in Europe when it goes on sale at the end of 2017. Later, an N model is expected to be introduced in the North American market, according to media reports.
The new i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance compact hatchback under the N performance sub-brand, inspired by motorsports racing. The design focus has been to “deliver maximum fun in everyday life, whether on the road or track.”
Hyundai’s i30 N, available in two trims with two power choices: a standard engine that makes 246 horsepower and a performance package that boosts power to 271 horsepower. Both engines deliver 271 lb.-ft. of torque and are partnered with a 6-speed manual transmission. The i30 N with the performance engine accelerates from 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The new i30 N is front-wheel drive with electronic limited slip differential. Some of the extras added to the i30 N include: larger brakes, stiffer chassis and tuned suspension, a selection of different driving modes, and a choice of performance tires. Sports seats are standard with infotainment system, smartphone connectivity and driver safety systems available.
For motorsports aficionados, there’s the i30 N TCR model that attracted attention in its public debut at a recent German touring car race championship. The TCR variant is designed for customers who compete in European and international sprint and endurance racing series. The South Korean automaker also is showcasing its i30 fastback “elegant” 5-door coupe and new Kona small SUV and providing a glimpse of its future “Smart Stream” powertrain line. Hyundai also announced plans to launch its first EV car-sharing program in Amsterdam, Netherlands.