The saying, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’, does apply to car manufacturers too.
Hyundai’s soon-to-come i30 N reinforces that statement. It’s the Korean brand’s first attempt at a performance hatchback, and it sure does look aggressive.
Available in two flavours, the i30 N base model churns out 184kW from a 2.0-litre turbo engine. A sprint from 0-100km/h is going to be achieved in 6.4 seconds – we’ll take Hyundai’s word for it, for now.
If you think that power isn’t enough, Hyundai has a 202kW Performance Pack i30, which lowers the 0-100km/h to 6.1 seconds before hitting a limiter at 250km/h. Torque of 352Nm remains unchanged in both flavours.
All that amount of power is accessible via a six-speed manual gearbox which, according to Hyundai, features rev-matching to ensure perfect shifts.
Five selectable drive modes change the car’s temperament. Eco, Normal, Sport, and N mode alters the dampers, steering weight, and throttle responsiveness. N Custom allows you to tailor the i30 N to how you like it.
Other things of note include a lower ride height than the regular i30 and a new variable valve exhaust. The exhaust can be made to sound more aggressive at the push of a button and promises WRC-inspired pops and bangs.
Talking about the interior, you will find bolstered sports seats for those in the front along with a chunky steering wheel.
The Hyundai i30 N is still practical though, with three decent seats in the back and a big trunk. The centre console houses a five-inch touchscreen display as standard, but this can be increased to eight inches if you wish.
No information on pricing and local availability, but we would expect it to undercut key competitors such as the Golf GTI and Focus ST.