Have you heard of the term hot hatch before? We love the idea of the hot hatch segment, but unfortunately the automotive class has never seen the same kind of success here in North America as it has in European markets. They have begun increasing in popularity over the past couple of years, so we’re hopeful that a vehicle like the Hyundai i30 N could be a possibility in the future, but right now it doesn’t seem like this incredible hot hatch will be making its way across the pond.
[ READ MORE: What is the Hyundai N Performance Division? ]
For starters, we should probably tell you what exactly the Hyundai i30 is, as that itself isn’t a vehicle here in America. Well, at least not under the same name. The Hyundai Elantra GT is actually a version of the Hyundai i30, so we are pleased that we at least have that sporty vehicle option available here at Cocoa Hyundai. The i30 N, on the other, is the very first vehicle created under the new N Division badge, and Hyundai recently unwrapped it for the world to see.
i30 N Performance Specs
The brand-new Hyundai i30 N will be powered by an impressive 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, capable of doling out 271 horsepower alongside 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s quite a bit more power than its two biggest competitors here in North America, the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI. Throw in bonus performance features like a 6-speed manual transmission, electronic limited-slip differential and available 19” wheels.
We’re going to keep our fingers crossed that this i30 N model will join the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N when it becomes available sometime in the next couple of years, and that this is only the beginning of the N Division. We’ll keep you posted with any updates that might come through.