The first model to be developed by its new N performance arm will be available in two levels, with the base model producing 247bhp. A faster Performance model has 271bhp and, as such, commands £27,995.
Revealed alongside the i30 Fastback during the summer, the upcoming Ford Focus ST rival has been developed with a hard focus on performance. It has undergone a lengthy testing period, including more than 6000 miles of running on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, under the guidance of Hyundai’s high-performance boss and former BMW M division executive Albert Biermann.
“The i30N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible, high-performance package,” said Biermann. “With the high-performance N models, we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car.”
The i30N features several design changes to the five-door i30, with a cascading grille and new aerodynamic features at both its front and rear. There are wider intakes and a rear diffuser, with the latter helping to reduce lift at speed. It sits 4mm lower than the regular car and gets twin-exit exhausts at the back, along with 18in or optional 19in alloy wheels, which sit ahead of N-labelled brake calipers to signify the car’s performance.