2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N Auto Bild Sports Car

2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N

The Hyundai i30 N originally launched in 2017, selling over 28,000 units in Europe alone and winning a number of awards, including the Auto Bild Sports Car of the Year 2018 and 2020. In 2020, i30 N was "Import Winner" in the "Small and Compact Car" category in the 2020 Auto Bild Sports Cars Award. Hyundai N models have inspired a community of fans known as "N-thusiasts". The new i30 N builds on the successes of its predecessor, offering a range of design and driving enhancements. It is equipped with more lightweight materials, resulting in more agility and better handling. Like its antecedent model, the new i30 N is available in both hatchback and fastback body types. The new Hyundai i30 N has been enhanced with a new design focused on performance, emotion and statement. For the first time, the new i30 N will be available with N DCT, an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which offers paddle shifters and enables three new N performance functions for an even sportier driving experience.

2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N


The new i30 N's design can be described in three words: performance, emotion, statement. Beyond a styling exercise, the changes made exclusively for the i30 N define its performance. To create the best ratio between the new i30 N's downforce, drag and aerodynamics for the best possible driving experience, the designers worked in accordance with aerodynamic principles. Every design feature around the car has been developed with a focus on dynamic performance: the new i30 N's appearance shows that it was naturally born for the racetrack.

2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N

Exterior Design

At the front, the i30 N also maintains its sporty, aggressive appearance through the black bezel of the headlamps. New to this model are enhanced LED headlamps with V-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and V-shaped LED combi lamps at the rear. The N signature can be found on the wide centre grille. Its specific, sharp mesh design reminds the viewer of airplane wings and has been optimised to allow efficient engine cooling. It is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tyres. The N logo has also been integrated onto the wheel caps. As the front bumper features the prominent cascading grille, particularly stressed through the red insert, the emotional appearance and strong character of the car are once again highlighted. Fresh air inlets on both sides of the car's front bumper enhance the brake cooling and aerodynamics. Behind the unique cascading grille, additional air curtains offer further performance by enhancing air flow, reducing turbulence in the wheel housing and cooling the engine more effectively. The front splitter and the rear wing spoiler create downforce and an excellent aero-balance. Meanwhile, the outer bumper corners, dominated by the typical aerodynamic side fins, incorporate the air curtains to significantly improve the airflow. On the hatchback body type, the triangular third brake light in the glossy black spoiler at the updated rear underline the eye-catching look. It additionally features an updated rear end design with a large wing spoiler with a distinctive N triangular brake light.

2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N

Interior Design

The interior of the new i30 N is focused on connecting the driver with the car at all touch points. The concept is dedicated to the people who truly love cars. The exclusive "N" steering wheel ensures that the driver is in 100% control of all driving performance features directly by hand. On the left side of the steering wheel, drivers can select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. On the right, the driver has direct access to the chequered flag N button for the N mode, or the customised setting which is visible on the N unique cluster. For better engine control during gear shifting, drivers can activate the Rev Matching control system by using the dedicated activation button just above the N button. The steering wheel is manufactured with the N unique blue stitching and garnished with an N logo at the bottom. The gear shift also features a unique blue stripe as part of the coherent colour design. On top, the ball-type knob bears the N badge. The analogue cluster includes features such as the active variable LED red zone, which varies according to engine oil temperature, and the shift timing indicator, which shows the driver the best time to switch gears.Both the rev-counter and the speedometer are distinctively designed in accordance with the N line-up, being surrounded by a blue lightning line. The new i30 N is also available with a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. The new Hyundai i30 N features sporty, metal pedals and Performance Blue stitching on both body types. The interior comes in one-tone Black with full cloth seats, or the option of artificial suede and leather seats.

2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N


The new Hyundai i30 N is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with front-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual transmission (6MT) or - for the first time - an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (N DCT). The engine is available with two power outputs: standard trim and Performance Package. The standard trim engine with 6MT delivers a maximum power output of 250 PS and a maximum torque of 353 Nm. With the Performance Package, the engine delivers 280 PS. This is an increase of 5 PS from the original i30 N, and is available with both 6MT and N DCT. The maximum torque for the Performance Package variation has been increased by 39 Nm to 392 Nm. The 280 PS engine offers flat power, which ensures high responsiveness and improved acceleration for even more fun on the road or on the racetrack. Flat power provides more torque and power at lower RPMs, thus utilising more of the engine's potential in everyday driving situations. The new i30 N keeps maximum torque between 2,100 and 4,700 RPM, and achieves maximum power between 5,500 RPM and 6,000 RPM. This improves acceleration in the mid- and high-speed range and delivers a consistently high performance even in a variety of ambient conditions. Both trim levels have a maximum speed of 250 km/h, and the new i30 N with the Performance Package and 6MT can go from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds or 3 per cent as compared to the previous model. The new i30 N with the Performance Package and N DCT, meanwhile, can accelerate in only 5.4 seconds using Launch Control. With standard trim, the new i30 N can go from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds.

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