Hyundai i30 Gets The First “N”

Hyundai has revealed a fired-up concept car called the RN30. It’s based on the all-new i30 family hatch, and previews the first model from the Korean brands new “N” performance division.

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SPORTY: RN30 hints at new N-badged i30; it gets aero bodykit and racing livery

The RN30 features a full aero bodyfkit and is finished in a striking livery. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a Focus RS-beating 375bhp and 451 Nm of torque. This is delivered to all four wheels through a dual-clutch racing gearbox with a rev-matching function.

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The interior has a stripped-out race car feel, with bucket seats and harnesses instead of seatbelts, There’s also a roll cage and racing steering wheel, plus cameras inside and out to record your laps.

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The i30N road car will he launched next year. Its unlikely that the production model will be anywhere near as racy as the RN30, although Hyundai engineering boss Albert Biermann has said that the new N division will focus on cars that are great to drive on a track.

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