Hyundai has finally pulled the wraps off its long-awaited i30 N. Here are five things you need to know about Korea’s new GTI rival:
1: The i30 N packs a 2.0-litre T-GDI turbo engine that comes in two states of tune. You can either opt for the ‘mild’ 184kw model of the scorching hot 202kW range-topper. Whichever you choose both variants produce exactly the same amount of maximum torque: a very tractable 353Nm available from just 1450rpm.
2: It comes loaded with a lot trick features to ensure maximum performance across the blacktop. Highlights include an electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD), electronically controlled suspension, rev matching (no heel and toe work is necessary here), launch control and a lap timer. Depending on what model you select you either get 18-inch alloys wrapped with Michelin tyres or 19-inch alloys shod with stickier Pirelli P Zeros.
3: The i30 N comes equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There’s no option of an automatic.
4: To ensure maximum livability the i30 N sports five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, all of which can be selected by using two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the parameters of the engine, dampers, ESC, E-LSD, exhaust sound, steering and rev matching system.
5: It’s pretty damn quick. Hyundai claims that the 184kW model will hit 100km/h in 6.4-seconds. It’s more muscular, 202kW brother performs the same sprint in just 6.1-seconds. Both will top out at a limited maximum speed of 250km/h. – Thomas Falkiner