Specifications and pricing have been announced for the 2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N, the oddly named performance model is priced from $41,990 plus on-road costs.
Developed from the same platform as the i30 N hot-hatch, the Fastback variant uses the same 202kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated with a six-speed manual transmission that sends drive to the front wheels.
A turbocharger overboost function is activated when maximum torque is reached, lifting the torque peak to 378 Nm for up to 18 seconds.
The dash from 0 to 100km/h can be completed in 6.1 seconds on the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
Also included is an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential, active variable exhaust system, electronically controlled adaptive suspension which features a new tune, launch control, red calipers and 19-inch alloy wheels shod in specially developed 235/35 Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres.
There is also an N specific rear stiffening bar between the rear damper top mounts, behind the rear seats, which increases body rigidity by six per cent. Independent McPherson Struts at the front and independent multi-links at the rear are also used.
New springs which are five per cent softer than those beneath the i30 N hatchback are fitted to the front axle, revised front dampers now featuring a rebound spring, and longer, softer bump stops have all been implemented as well as a 0.8mm reduction to the front anti-roll bar diameter. At the rear, revised dampers and the adoption of a new camber-control arm complete the changes.
Altogether the changes translate to an additional 12kg over the rear axle representing a weight distribution of 59.7 per cent over the front and 40.3 per cent over the rear. The i30 Fastback N is also 120mm longer and 21mm lower than the hatchback.
Exterior styling highlights including aggressively styled front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a boot-lip spoiler, N-embossed Cascading Grille, red character line, black bezel headlights, large air inlets, LED DRLs and a diffuser-style lower rear treatment.
Six exterior colour choices are available including Shadow Grey, Polar White, Phantom Black, Engine Red, Micron Grey and the N-specific Performance Blue. Metallic paint attracts a $495 premium.
Internally a sporty theme is exuded with sports front seats with N logo, red-stitched gear lever boot and gear knob, a leather-appointed steering wheel, alloy sports pedals, N race computer and instrument panel-mounted shift lights.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen is able to display driving modes with data such as power and torque output and turbo boost pressure. There is also an inbuilt lap time, g-force and acceleration timer function. A standard satellite navigation system is also fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Customisable settings for the engine, suspension, steering, differential, transmission, Rev Matching, exhaust sound and stability control can all be controlled through the specific N Mode screen menu.
Hyundai’s SmartSense active safety suite with forward collision avoidance assist, driver attention alert and lane keep assist are included as standard.
Interestingly, the i30 Fastback N also gets a five-year, unlimited kilometre factory warranty which covers non-competitive track driving.
2019 Hyundai i30 N pricing (excludes on-road costs):
i30 N hatch - $40,490 (6MT)
i30 Fastback N - $41,990 (6MT)
Luxury Pack - $3000
Adds front parking sensors, 12-way powered sports front seats trimmed in suede and leather, front passenger seat cushion extension, driver’s seat memory, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, LED courtesy & puddle lights, power folding exterior mirrors, electro-chromatic interior mirror, rain-sensing wipers, solar control windscreen glass, rear privacy glass, luggage net, wireless smartphone charging, smart key and push-button start.
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof - $5000
Contains all Luxury Pack features plus a panoramic glass sunroof.
Metallic/Mica paint - $495
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