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Hyundai cranks up the power with first ever performance-focused model

Written by: Neil

Hyundai isn’t a brand that many people turn to when they want a high-performance car, but that may change once word gets around about the new i30 N.

Due to go on sale from January 4th, the i30 N represents the South Korean car maker’s first performance model under its new N sub-brand.

‘Why N’, you ask? Apparently, the N moniker stands for Namyang – Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea and the birthplace of i30 N. It is also a nod to the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre, where the i30 N was further developed and tested.

How fast can a souped-up Hyundai really be though? Well, the 246bhp i30 N can clear a 0-62mph sprint in 6.4 seconds. The more powerful i30 N Performance, which has 271bhp, can do that in 6.1 seconds. Both models use a two-litre 16-valve petrol engine and have an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Prices start from £24,995 on the road for the i30 N, rising to £27,995 for the Performance model.

Standard equipment includes everything you’d get with a regular i30, such as LED lights, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, and an eight-inch touchscreen sat nav with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, or 19-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tyres with the Performance model.  

There’s also some handy kit for keeping this newfound power in check like electronically controlled suspension, 17-inch ventilated front brake discs with 16-inch rear and manually operated handbrake.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Hyundai have got the basics right with a great range of models, especially the i10, i30 and Tucson. Now it is time for the brand to expand into other areas and looking at the numbers here, they’re going about it the right way.”

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