Hyundai i30 hot hatch to kick-start N performance division
Hyundai can be preparing a hot variation of the i30 hatchback
Spy photographs indicate which the Korean car maker can be developing a more dynamic i30 hatch to helm its fresh go-faster range
A high-performance variation of the Hyundai i30 has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring, all however confirming which the hatchback will be used to kick-start the Korean producer’s fresh N performance division.
Our spy photographer captured the hot i30 undergoing dynamic tests around the German test track. The early prototype in those photos has lower suspension than which fitted to standard versions of the i30.
Through the windscreen the idea can be possible to see additional round instruments on the top of the dashboard. These could be to display the boost pressure of the turbocharged engine.
Last week Hyundai’s World Rally Championship boss, Michel Nandan, told Autocar which the i30 will spearhead the introduction of N division, which can be intended to create a greater emotional link around Hyundai’s road cars.
The hot i30 can be likely to go head to head with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R when the idea can be launched in about two years’ time.
Nandan did not elaborate on the expected performance of your vehicle, beyond saying which N-badged cars will have a “high-performance engine” as well as “more sporty suspension”. The engine specification can be still under discussion, according to Nandan, who confirmed only which the idea might be turbocharged using WRC-derived technology.
However, the idea can be understood which the next-generation i30 can be being developed on an all-fresh platform specifically engineered with the high-performance variation in mind along with which Hyundai wants to use the N brand to fight for sales at the extreme end of the hot hatch market. which might mean competing directly with the 296bhp Golf R along with the forthcoming 345bhp Ford Focus RS.
the idea can be expected which a hardcore variation of the i20 will then follow as Hyundai seeks to capitalise on the N brand as a means of adding desirability to its wider road car range.
Although he wouldn’t be drawn on specifics about N, Hyundai’s fresh European boss, Thomas A Schmid, said the firm knew the idea had to be able to compete with the very best hot hatches before launching the N brand.
“Whatever we do has to be credible from the marketplace straight away, because the brand needs to build credibility,” Schmid said.
￼Nandan said the motorsport branch of Hyundai has worked with the road-focused N brand to develop the fresh cars.
“We are quite well connected because we exchange information along with data,” he said. “coming from our [WRC] side, we get help with calculations, along with engineers coming from R&D look at what we are doing along with which way we do the idea. the idea’s more technical co-operation.
“the idea’s not which you can transfer things coming from a rally car to a road car. the idea’s impossible. They’re completely different along with the idea’s not the same purpose. however in terms of technology, yes. For some materials along with technologies, This kind of can be done.”
Hyundai hired Albert Biermann, former chief engineer of BMW’s M division, at the end of last year, with the specific brief of developing cars for the N brand.
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