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Hyundai i30 N Series Prototype Mule Spied, Is This A True Hot Hatch?

After Hyundai had decided to grant their i30 hatchback with a facelift, news on the compact went off the radar. However, a recent set of spyshots suggest the South Koreans are working on a hot hatch version for the i30.
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For the record, we must mention this isn't the first time we ran across a warm hatch model from Hyundai, after over the past months our team of spy photographers sent us pictures of the 2015 Hyundai i30 Turbo.

This slightly sportier version draws its strength from a 1.6-liter T-GDI turbo four-cylinder plant with 186 HP and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) onboard. However, according to the intel provided by our carparazzi, things got serious.

What you're about to see in the photo gallery below is a possible Hyundai i30 N Series model. The test mule was spotted near Hyundai's facility in Nurburgring and despite being just a pre-production version based on the facelifted i30, we can tell a few things by looking at it.

The front spoiler, for example, is much deeper than on the standard i30. Also, the wheels show larger brakes with red calipers and bigger rotors. That tells us to expect a fully changed, maybe wider, body kit seasoned with two big final exhausts.

Now, for the actually spicy part: the engine compartment. Here, we would expect at least 240-250 HP bursting out on the asphalt, but so far there's not much info on either the engine or other performance figures.

As some of you probably know, the N brand is based near Frankfurt, Germany, and by creating it Hyundai wants to establish a bridge between their World Rally Championship expertise and road going cars.

 
 
 
 
 

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