Monday, 17 April 2017

2017 Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has entered a new stage of final testing ahead of its global rollout late this year, including an expected Australian launch in November. The Korean company entered its first proper hot hatch – a rival for the Golf GTI, Civic Type R and Focus ST/RS – in the VLN endurance race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

Hyundai wasn’t necessarily in it to win it. Instead, it took the opportunity to test a car with technical specifications very close to the final production version, against more modified production-car-based enduro racers.

Engineers from its South Korea HQ and European R&D centres will do final honing based on lessons learned. Hyundai Motor’s head of vehicle test and high performance development Albert Biermann – a former chief at BMW M – explained the rationale.

The cars that Hyundai Motor entered in the race were both equipped with the production 2.0-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual gearbox. As they raced the car, Hyundai engineers identified areas of “further refinement and potential performance enhancements” for the i30 N.

As we know, the i30 N will debut with two models: a 250 Hp model and a 275 Hp performance package variant. The car will also debut Hyundai’s first ‘E-LSD’ system, an electronically-controlled mechanical limited-slip front differential. The higher-output model will likely be offered with a firmer suspension tune and a track oriented setup, as we heard from Biermann last year. N models will feature unique front and rear elements, along with a larger boot mounted spoiler and side skirts. Unique wheels will round out the package.

The interior comes with upgraded seats that feature extending bolsters and a new steering wheel that offers switchable drive modes. N models appear to also get quad-exhaust pipes and a unique rear diffuser. It appears that N models will initially launch with a six-speed manual transmission only, to be followed by an eight-speed wet dual-clutch shifter from 2019.

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