Hyundai has updated the “charged” Hyundai i30 NSeptember 24, 2020
The Korean answer to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch, comes with mechanical updates, tech upgrades and visual enhancements.
Deliveries of the updated Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback and fastback will begin in the first quarter of next year, while its Korean rival has in the meantime received an updated style that brings it closer to the restyled Hyundai i30. The hot hatch differs from the latter, first of all, by the wider use of lightweight materials aimed at increasing maneuverability.
Both the available Hyundai i30 N variants retain the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in two boost options. Standard cars produce 247 hp. and are paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission, while cars with the 276 hp Performance package available for the first time with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) complete with paddle shifters.
Compared to the previous model, the latter received a power increase of 5 hp, as well as an increase in torque to 392 Nm, which allows the updated i30 N to accelerate to 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor. In both versions, the maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h.
Cars equipped with DCT get a new N Grin Shift mode, which provides 20-second turbo acceleration and maximum transmission response when activated via a button on the steering wheel. All versions retain the customizable driving modes that were in the original car, including a user-defined N Custom setting for more control over the engine, suspension, steering, drivetrain response, and exhaust sound.
Performance models are equipped with an electronically controlled limited slip differential, larger (360mm) front brakes and newly developed 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero rubber, which reduces unsprung weight by 14.4 kg over standard 18 ” light alloys. As a result of this weight loss, the suspension and steering have been re-tuned.
The interior of the Hyundai i30 N can now be ordered with N Light sports seats, which are 2.2 kg lighter than standard seats. An optional 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the latest Hyundai Bluelink connected car services.
Active safety systems have also been upgraded for collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring. The latter function, by the way, is exclusive to vehicles with DCT.
“Since its introduction to the market three years ago, the i30 N has proven extremely popular with thrill-seeking drivers. With a range of performance and design enhancements including our N DCT technology, the new i30 N is made even more fun to drive, both on the road and on the race track, ” – said Albert Biermann, Head of Research and Development, Hyundai.
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