Hyundai is looking at offering two versions of its upcoming i30N performance hatch.
The Korean automaker previewed the upcoming N performance brand with the aggressive RN30 concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and now more details are being released on the first model to sport the sub-brand’s nameplate.
The Hyundai i30N will be available in two trim levels and both will be ready to take on the track. Aside from the base model, Hyundai’s head of vehicle test and high performance development, Albert Biermann, wants a model that is a “more track oriented performance package car.”
Ever since Hyundai announced its N performance sub-brand, the company has made it clear the models would undergo thorough testing at the Nurburgring. “This car needs to be track going and very enjoyable pushing it to the limit,” said Biermann. “It has to be consistent on the track and not just die after two laps… the tires, the brakes and everything.”
It’s a bold jump for Hyundai, an automaker that has built its reputation on affordable and reliable cars but now it’s focusing on performance after spinning off its luxury models to the Genesis brand. Biermann was the former vice president of BMW’s M Performance division, so he knows a thing or two about performance-oriented models.
He even acknowledged that the upcoming i30N might not be perfect in some areas, but he doesn’t care. He just wants to make sure it’s fun and enjoyable to toss around and we like the sound of that.
Expect both models to have similar power output with front-wheel drive. Unfortunately it’s still unclear what Hyundai’s target goals are in terms of specifications, but it’s good to hear it is focused on having a track-capable car.
[Source: Car Advice]
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