Hyundai Motor has unveiled details of the updated i30 N that will reach Australia in the first half of 2021. Major features are a new wet-type eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and advanced driver assistance and safety features.

Changes to the outer front bumper corners incorporate air curtains to significantly improve the airflow and reduce turbulence into the wheel housing.

The new i30 hatchback N features an updated tail but the rear of the i30 Fastback N remains unchanged. Two large exhaust pipes are integrated into the lower bumper diffuser.

It will be offered in seven exterior colours, including Performance Blue, which is exclusive to Hyundai N models.

The five-double-spoke 19-inch forged alloy wheels are 14.4 kg lighter than the current 19-inch casted alloy wheels. Their dark satin grey matte finish, contrasting with the N-specific red brake callipers with N logo.

The gripping the road are high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tyres, developed especially for the i30 N.

Inside, an analogue cluster includes features such as the active variable LED red zone, which varies according to engine oil temperature. The shift timing indicator, suggests to the driver the best time to switch gears.

New to this model are seatbelts with Performance Blue accents. The interior comes in one-tone Black with full cloth or artificial suede and leather seats.

For the first time, the i30 N has the option of N Light Seats which have pronounced bolsters for lateral support. N Light Seats are made of premium leather and Alcantara materials and have Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest.

With the Performance Package, 2.0-litre turbocharged engine now delivers 206kW, an increase of 4kW over the original i30 N. The maximum torque for the Performance Package has been increased by 39 Nm to 392 Nm. Peak torque is produced from 1,950 4,600 rpm

It’s offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch auto.

The zero to 100 km/h figures is now 5.9 secs, a significant reduction of 0.2 seconds. It also lets owners claim it as a five-second car. (OK, the maths are wrong, but it’s there’s no rounding-down in the boasting stakes.)

As with its predecessor, the new i30 N is equipped with a range of high-performance driving features including rev matching, launch control and a rear stiffness bar.

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. 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 engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 percent of throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels.

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

With the Performance Package drivers benefit from the N Corner Carving Differential, an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential.

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

The new i30 N features a Performance Driving Data System to monitor and improve the driver’s track skills, with updated graphics for even more ease of use. This feature saves and displays driving data, including information on power, torque, turbo boost. It also includes a lap and acceleration timer, which comes in handy on the track.

The new Hyundai i30 N will reach Australia in the first half of 2021, details of the model line-up and pricing will be given closer to the launch. We will publish these as soon as we receive them.

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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