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First Spy Shots of Hyundai i30 N Testing With Production Body

Hyundai engineers have been testing the performance variant of the i30, called i30 N, for some time, but it looks like they have switched to the production body.
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The Hyundai i30 N will be the Korean rival of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and is expected to come to market in late 2017. According to reports, Hyundai will offer two performance levels of the i30 N, based on the same 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection unit.

Hyundai’s N performance division is led by Albert Biermann, former chief engineer of BMW’s M GmbH. According to his previous statements, Hyundai does not want to build the most powerful cars in the class, but they want to have the ones that are the most fun to drive.

This should appeal to enthusiasts in a way that Hyundai cars have never managed, so the engineers have a tough job ahead of them if they want to battle the likes of the Renault Megane RS and its competitors.

The photographers mentioned that the car had a nice sound, and they claim it had better tone than that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Hyundai is expected to launch the i30 N with a six-speed manual gearbox, and a dual-clutch option might enter the range later.

Along with the engine, Hyundai is expected to introduce a new suspension, as well as a braking system with enhanced performance. Company insiders announce a modified front axle, optimized for sharper turn-in, while the power steering system will be configured for an accurate operation.

The prototype seen in the photo gallery of this article features a modified front spoiler, which now includes additional air intakes. The side sills are wider than on a regular i30, and the rear bumper integrates a diffuser and two exhaust pipes. Naturally, big alloy wheels are present. A rear wing might be introduced later on in the development process.

 

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