Do you like what you hear?
It was only last week when our spy photographers snapped a test prototype of the future production Hyundai i30 N, and now we have the chance to hear the car’s exhaust note in a short official video from the brand. Think of it as a teaser for the hot hatch, which will arrive at the end of this month during the legendary 24-hour race at the Nurburgring.
To be honest, it’s nothing close to the brutal sound of Hyundai’s WRC machine, but it’s still quite attractive to hear a South Korean vehicle roaring like a worthy rival for the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST up to 6,750 rpm. The sound is produced by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that will power Hyundai’s first full-blown N model.
No exact power figures are available at the moment, but different sources claim the i30 N will have at least 250 horsepower and no more than 275 hp. Power will be channeled to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a possible direct-shift automatic. Mechanical power steering will replace the electric arrangement, while upgraded suspension is virtually guaranteed. Some say the model could also receive an all-wheel drive system later in its life cycle. It's worth noting the i30 is sold as the Elantra GT in Canada.
According to Hyundai, the goal for the new i30 N won’t be to be the fastest car in the segment, but to be the most fun to drive. We expect to actually see two variants – a standard i30 N and a more powerful and hardcore version with a clever limited-slip differential for getting power to the ground.
Given the car's announced debut at the 24-hour race at Nurburgring, we are only a few days away from seeing it in full for the first time, so stay tuned.
Source: Hyundai Germany