The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch is now available to lease
Hyundai’s i30 N hot hatch is now officially available to lease – you can find the very best personal lease deals by clicking here.
A newcomer to the fiercely competitive hot hatchback segment, the 247bhp i30 N offers an alternative to the Golf GTI and Peugeot 308 GTI.
Built on the current gen i30, the i30 N has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum driving pleasure in everyday life on the road, as well as on the track.
The i30 N has been developed on the basis of three corner stones under the theme ‘Fun to Drive’: Cornering, Race Track Capability and Everyday Sports Car.
Taking its inspiration from the RN30 concept we saw at the Paris Motor Show last autumn, Hyundai says the first N model will “bring together motorsport experience and high-performance road car development, creating maximum driving enjoyment on the road and on the track in an accessible high-performance car package”.
The hot hatch will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering 247bhp and 353Nm of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and will hit 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
Add to this a performance pack which boosts those figures to 271bhp and reduces 0-62 to 6.1 seconds, and the i30 N is certainly a statement of intent from the Korean manufacturer.
The moment i30 N arrives... pic.twitter.com/qVM5N5CYjX
— Hyundai Press Office (@Hyundai_UK_PR) July 13, 2017
Benefiting from a stiffer chassis than the standard i30, the N will allow “a normal driver to get a sensation similar to that of a racing car” With the ‘N’ logo resembling a chicane, representing the ultimate driving experience on winding roads.
Albert Biermann, head of testing at Hyundai said: “The (UK) road testing serves to check if the driving performance of our first Hyundai N high performance car can meet our future customers requirements.
“We have to make sure that on these challenging UK roads the driving performance is also well suited to everyday use. There are plenty of fun and challenging corners out here – the N Team loves corners!”
Commenting on the testing, Thierry Neuville, world rally championship driver of Hyundai Motorsport said: “The engineers have done a great job on the gearbox and the differential. There is good traction and good stability in the slippery testing conditions.”
Alexander Eichler, head of high-performance vehicle test and development at Hyundai’s Technical Centre, outlined the objective for the i30 N: “The main target for us is to ensure driving enjoyment. Symbolising a chicane, the ‘N’ logo embodies this aspect - an agile vehicle that is fun to drive.”