It has been nearly two years since Hyundai began work on its new hot hatch, the i30 N, and the project is finally close to completion.
The brand has released yet another teaser video of its i30 N, this time showing the car running on public roads in the UK. This will be the very first car to come from Hyundai’s new N high-performance brand so needless to say the brand wants to get it right.
“We are getting closer and closer to the final development stage of the i30 N,” said Albert Biermann, executive VP and head of vehicle test & high performance development at Hyundai. “The road testing serves to check if the driving performance of our first Hyundai N high performance car can meet our future customers’ requirements. We have to make sure that on these challenging UK roads the driving performance is also well suited to everyday use. There are plenty of fun and challenging corners out here – the N Team loves corners!”
Details on the powertrain are still in the dark but rumors suggest that a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making around 250 horsepower will be found under the hood, sending its power through a six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. A limited-slip differential is also part of the package, while an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is said to be offered to provide buyers with an option.
Watch for the i30 N to make its debut this fall, likely at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It still isn’t clear whether or not this N car will be coming to the US, where the i30 is sold as the Elantra GT.
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