Hyundai Australia has introduced the i30 Fastback N Limited Edition, which is available to order until September 31 to a maximum of 500 units.

It’s powered by an upgraded 2.0-litre engine featuring a new turbocharger and intercooler is offered in eight-speed manual and a double-clutch automatic. Power of 206kW and torque of 392Nm are up 4kW and 39Nm respectively.

The new 2.0 turbo-petrol maintains maximum torque between 2,100 and 4,700rpm, and achieves maximum power at 6,000rpm. It has a maximum speed of 250km/h where conditions permit. The DCT version can go from 0-100 km/h in 5.4secs.

Hyundai i30 Fastback N Limited Edition has high-performance driving features, including Rev Matching function, Launch Control and an N Supervision cluster with shift lights.

The transmission was designed to provide the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic. Drivers can choose to engage manual mode and shift gears via either the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or using the gear selector.

The N DCT enables three new N performance functions: N Grin Shift, N Power Shift and N Track Sense Shift.

N Grin Shift releases maximum power of the engine and transmission for 20 seconds – performance that is sure to bring a grin to the driver’s face. To activate it, the driver pushes a steering wheel button, which also starts a countdown timer on the cluster.

N Power Shift is engaged when the car accelerates with more than 90 percent accelerator, reducing torque drop-off during shifts to enhance acceleration.

Finally, N Track Sense Shift recognises when the road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving – on a racetrack, for example – to activate automatically.

The i30 Fastback N Limited Edition has a Grin Control System gives the driver a choice of 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, active variable exhaust, 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 individual vehicle systems, to match their driving preferences and the road conditions.

N Light Seats are aimed at providing lateral support and a combined weight saving of 2.2kg compared with the standard seats. They have a premium feel with leather and Alcantara upholstery. They have , Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo in the integrated headrest.

The i30 Fastback N Limited Edition has its suspension and steering systems tuned to deliver improved ride and handling performance. It has a wider front track, revised geometry, and new spring, bushing and damper calibrations allow the Limited Edition to provide greater comfort and more driver engagement.

It rides on Hyundai-bespoke 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tyres aimed to give sharp handling and front-end grip.

The Electronically Controlled Suspension benefits from extensive local Australian tuning across its three modes, to offer a range of settings suited to our challenging urban, highway and country roads, and to the racetrack.

Hyundai i30 Fastback N Limited Edition is duly fitted with larger 360mm (up from 345mm) front disc rotors clamped by signature red N calipers.

Brake cooling air guides are mounted to the front lower control arms to make the brakes all but fade even under extreme conditions.

“We are delighted to introduce the i30 Fastback N Limited Edition for an exclusive number of lucky high-performance customers,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.

“The Limited Edition builds on the i30 N’s renowned racetrack capability in an everyday sports car package, with enhanced performance and handling, and additional safety and convenience technologies.”

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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