Hyundai expands the “N” performance range

Hyundai expands the “N” performance range

Hyundai Motor is extending its N range with the All-New Hyundai i30 Fastback N, offering the second high-performance model for the European market. The new vehicle is the first five-door hot coupe in the C segment. The sophisticated, elegant design of the i30 Fastback N combines with the exhilarating performance and fun-to-drive features of the i30 N five-door. This makes the newcomer a race track capable everyday sports car.

“The All-New i30 Fastback N is the stylish variant of the i30 N five-door, made to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers with a sophisticated design,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “It’s the first five-door hot coupe in the compact car segment and the newest performance-oriented model in our European N range, looking to attract more new customers and let them feel the N feeling.”

Hyundai has developed the N range according to the same philosophy as for its racing cars. The name ‘N’ represents two important components. First, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Center in South Korea’s Namyang district, where the idea was born. Second, the Nürburgring, one of the most challenging race tracks in the world and home of Hyundai’s Testing Center, where the N models are honed. The N logo itself symbolizes a chicane, the ultimate corner where the high-performance N models have been further developed and tested. Since its inception in 2015, the N range has performed at the highest level, succeeding in the Nürburgring’s VLN series, the TCR International Series, the Pirelli World Challenge, and the gruelling Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. The i30 N five-door, which came on to the market in the summer of 2017, performed likewise regarding sales: it has exceeded initial sales expectations. Almost 3,000 i30 N five-door units were sold in the first half of 2018 in Europe. 

As part of Hyundai’s i30 range, the latest model is the next fun-to-drive car for enthusiasts due to be available across Europe by the end of 2018. It sports unique high-performance design features, such as the front bumper, well known from i30 N five-door, a rear spoiler with glossy black a unique rear bumper including the -shaped rear fog lamp, alloy wheels as well as the N side sill. Besides all these design elements which appeal to the driver’s eye, the engine accelerates in line with the driver’s heartbeat. The power output of 250 PS in the Standard Package or 275 PS in the optional Performance Package will bring a smile to the customer’s face when seated behind the i30 Fastback steering wheel. 

Sophisticated design with powerful intent

The new car is characterized by its hot, performance-focused appearance. It incorporates the body type of the i30 Fastback with its strong stance, charismatic front and sleek, teardrop-shaped cabin. Distinguishing elements which underline the N look are the unique front bumper, coupled with the prominent Cascading Grille. The family’s identity, which highlights the strong character of the car, shows clearly where the model originates. The grille features the N emblem, which additionally enhances the sense of high performance. At the front, the new model also expresses its hot and sporty appearance through the black bezel of the LED headlights as well as through the red- character line which contrasts visually with the bodywork.

At the rear, it is again the dynamic-looking bumper that immediately catches the eye, supporting the car’s strong shoulders. On its lower part, the rear bumper is underlined by an elegantly shaped character line reflecting in red. Moreover, its generously arched rear spoiler integrated into the tailgate is accentuated with a glossy black line. To complete the car’s charismatic impression, the triangular rear fog lamp is integrated into the section between the dual twin mufflers, a dedicated design element of Hyundai’s high-performance range.

Finally, the All-New i30 Fastback profile underlines the performance-oriented character of the car. An elegant sloping roofline, a long bonnet and a muscular body with wheel arches define the sports coupe’s dynamic proportions. At the car’s side, the N appearance is picked up again with the 18- and 19-inch wheels’ exceptional N design and the black side sill of the lowered body.

The latest model does not compromise on interior roominess for its sporty and elegant exterior design. With a generous luggage capacity of up to 450 liters and a maximum of 1,351 liters with the seats folded flat, the car offers a high day-to-day usability.

The vehicle’s interior is equally focused on true performance features. The centerpiece of the interior is the exclusive ‘N’ sports steering wheel, which ensures the driver is in 100 percent control of all driving performance features directly by hand. It is manufactured with a red-colored stitching. The N logo is positioned on the base of the steering wheel. The gear shift also features red stitching in line with the coherent color design and is finished with glossy red metal paint. The air vents continue the sporty look with red- trims.

The interior is available with a combination of Black and Red Point. The Red Point sets red color accents to create a sporty and subtle look inside the car, for example on the seats, which are available in cloth or optionally in a combination of suede and leather. Both combinations feature red stitching. The seat belts and headliner are designed in an elegant, sophisticated Black.

The All-New i30 Fastback N is available in a number of exciting allowing customers to further express themselves by choosing such as the mature new model’s exclusive In addition, the range includes Polar White, Phantom Black, Engine Red, Performance Blue and Micron

With a width of 1,795 mm and a length of 4,455 mm, the new car has the same dimensions as the i30 Fastback. The height is 1,419 mm, 8 mm lower than the i30 Fastback, further supporting the car’s powerful stance and dynamic appearance.

Powerful performance to 'feel the N feeling'

Performance and practicality for both urban commuting and driving are well balanced in the All-New i30 Fastback N The high-performance configuration can be set individually by the driver, depending on the driving mood. Drivers choose from five different drive modes by using the dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different settings – Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom – change the character of the car, adjusting various driving parameters.

The latest version is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with 275 PS (fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km; CO2 : 178 g/km), generating a maximum torque of 353 The car has an overboost function which is activated as soon as maximum torque is achieved. It enables the torque to be further increased up to 378 The hot five-door coupe accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds with a maximum speed of 250 km/h.

A precise and smooth shift is achieved by the six-speed manual transmission. The power of the engine is transferred directly to the gear train in order to always be ready for shifting without any torque interruption.

The Variable Exhaust Valve System is also standard, enabling the driver to select different exhaust sounds depending on the drive mode. A more powerful sound makes the driving experience even more emotional. By using this system, drivers are able to actively control the exhaust valve as the sound differs with the size of the valve opening. The i30 Fastback N is fitted with with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tires.

Drivers can easily activate the rev-matching function with a single touch of a button mounted on the steering wheel. The system enhances driving pleasure by supporting It synchronizes the engine’s speed to the input shaft speed for the next gear during the shift process, thus enabling smoother and sportier The Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) further adjusts the performance according to the requirements during cornering, accelerating and braking. Four variable dampers, mounted on the independent four wheels and operated by the use of a solenoid valve, guarantee a precise and immediate damping force control. As a result, the ride and handling are improved as well as the vehicle’s overall stability on the track.

Good control of the brakes is crucial for a high-performance car. The i30 Fastback N is equipped with floating brake designed in the distinctive red N look, allowing the driver to lock the brake before cornering as late as possible. It is less sensitive than a fixed calliper system and prevents early brake fade. Air curtains located at the front cool the brakes.

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