HYUNDAI WILL REVEAL a concept version of its upcoming i30 hot hatch at the Paris show this week. In the run-up to the event, the concept, called RN30, has been previewed in a single official image that shows off the car’s bulging arches and large-diameter wheels. The production version of the RN30 will use a 2.0-litre turbo engine with an expected 260bhp on offer. Its rivals will include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Renault Megane RS and Ford Focus ST.
Like the rest of the new i30 range, the front-wheel-drive performance model will be available in five-door guise only. The regular car will start at about £15.500, but the range-topping N model is likely to add around £10,000 to that figure.
As well as its influence on the production model, the RN30 reaffirms Hyundai’s claims that its hot N-badged models will look very different from its regular cars. The i30N will be the first of several hot models that. Hyundai says, are being launched in a bid to establish more of an emotional link with its customers.