HYUNDAI just got very hot!
The Koreans are best known for their more conservative image. But that’s just been blasted out of the water.
This is the 130N and it’s their latest bid to crack the big hot hatch market.
But it will have to be outrageously good to outgun the likes of Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI
Hyundai certainly aren’t messing about, it’s been developed to match its more illustrious rivals on performance.
Over the past few months it has been put through its paces to make sure that this can be achieved including over 6,000 miles on the gruelling Nurburgring.
Whereas it shares the same DNA as the i30 hatchback it has several design tweaks to differentiate it and give it an overall more sporting character.
It features the same distinctive grille all new Hyundai’s but it is narrower plus the front, rear bumper and side sills have all been modified.
The front bumper now features a red strip along the bottom which accents the brake callipers and rear diffuser.
The back end of the car where the most changes have been made from the overall more aggressive shape to the lip spoiler and twin exhausts.
Powering the entry level i30N is a 2.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is paired with a manual gearbox and front wheel drive.
This powertrain delivers 247bhp which means hitting 62mph in just 6.4 seconds.
A higher performance version of the car is also available which has 271bhp and a sprint time off 6.1 seconds.
This fact makes it not only Hyundai’s fastest car but pacier than a VW Golf GTI and almost on par with segment leader the Focus ST.
Five drive modes are available to personalise the car’s ride – Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport N and N custom – which can be activated via the steering wheel.
Inside the car you will find Hyundai’s top spec touchscreen infotainment system which comes complete with Sat Nav and is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
There are also a range of driver assistance systems onboard including autonomous emergency braking, driver attention alert, lane keep assist and high beam assist technology.
It will go on sale by the end of the year with prices expected around £28,000.