2021 HYUNDAI i30 N

The 2021 Hyundai i30 N has an upgraded engine, suspension and brakes, as well as additional Hyundai SmartSense safety technology and a new multimedia system.

It has reworked suspension geometry and tuned for Australia electronically controlled suspension. Larger front brakes that have extra cooling air thanks to new lower control arm guides.

Interestingly it has Hyundai’s first factory developed forged 19-inch light-alloy wheels. These have trimmed a combined 14.4kg from unsprung weight to enhance ride and handling.

Inside are leather and Alcantara-trimmed fixed-headrest seats. There’s a new 10.25-inch screen for as the satellite navigation multimedia system.

The i30 N’s 2.0-litre engine has a new turbocharger and intercooler set-up now produces 206kW and 392Nm, with increases of 4kW and 39Nm respectively. It maintains maximum torque between 2,100 and 4,700rpm.

It has a maximum speed of 250km/h and can go from rest to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds with the automatic transmission and 5.9 seconds in the manual. Isn’t it fascinating that automatics are quicker than manuals these days? That’s due to the very fast changes offered by the computer trimming torque momentary during the shifts.

Drivers can choose to engage manual mode and shift gears themselves by using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or using the gear selector.

“The original Hyundai N hot hatch ushered in a new era of high-performance Hyundai models and went on to win the hearts of driving enthusiasts – an instant icon,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.

“Now, the new 2021 i30 N, featuring the eagerly anticipated eight-speed N DCT, builds on the appeal and capabilities of its predecessor to once again change the affordable high-performance game. It is an even more compelling hot-hatch package,” he said.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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