Hyundai has announced pricing and specification for the new 2021 i30 N, which goes on sale in July.

With a variety of new features to improve both everyday and high-performance driving situations, it’s a racetrack-capable everyday sporty car.

The upgraded 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine now delivers 206kW. This is an increase of 4kW over the original i30 N and is available with both six-speed manual and double-clutch auto. Maximum torque has been increased by 39Nm to 392Nm.

The new i30 N maintains maximum torque between 2,100 and 4,700 rpm and achieves maximum power at 6,000 revs. It can get from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 secs, a significant improvement of 0.7 seconds.

In the double clutch auto Drivers can enter manual mode in the Auto setting and shift gears by using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or on the gear lever.

The N DCT enables three new N performance functions for even more driving fun: N Grin Shift, N Power Shift and N Track Sense Shift.

N Grin Shift added power of the engine for 20 seconds. To activate, the driver pushes a button on the steering wheel, and a countdown begins on the cluster showing the remaining seconds for this function.

N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque.

Finally, N Track Sense Shift (NTS) recognises when the road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving, for example on a racetrack, and activates automatically. By selecting the right gear and shift timing, it provides optimal performance, just like a professional race car driver.

As with the previous generation i30 N, the N Grin Control System gives customers the choice between five distinct driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. The driving modes adjust the parameters of the engine, the suspension, Electronic Stability Control, N Corner Carving Differential (Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential), exhaust sound, steering, and transmission to optimise them for a variety of driving conditions.

In the N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each of these components to match driving preferences and road conditions.

Hyundai i30 N has high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tyres, developed especially for it.

For the first time, the new i30 N comes with the option of N Light Seats, a set of lightweight, high-performance front seats. These have pronounced bolsters offer excellent lateral support. N Light Seats are made of premium leather and Alcantara materials and come with Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest for a high-quality feeling.

Additionally, the front brake disc size has been increased from 345mm to 360mm for a better braking performance.

i30 N: $44,500 (manual), $47,500 (DCT)
i30 N Premium: $47,500 (manual)
i30 N Premium with Sunroof: $49,000 (manual), $52,000 (automatic)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

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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