The updated 2021 Hyundai i30 N has been revealed overnight with an Australian launch scheduled for the first half of next year.
Headlining the changes is the addition of a dual-clutch automatic transmission, more safety tech and revised styling.
In overseas markets, Hyundai offers two engine options, however, only the i30 N Performance version has been available to Australian buyers.
For 2021, the Performance variant gets its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine retuned to deliver 206kW at 5200rpm and 392Nm between 1950 and 4600rpm. For context, that’s up 4kW and 39Nm when compared to the outgoing model.
Hyundai says the power bump sees 0.2 seconds shaved off the 0-100km/h dash which can now be clocked in 5.9 seconds.
The six-speed manual is carried over as standard with the new wet type dual-clutch automatic available as an option. The latter promises smoother and faster changes for those wanting to take the i30 N to the max.
Engineers say the wet type transmission uses oil to cool the clutch components, which creates less friction and allows a higher amount of torque to be transferred through the gearbox.
Models equipped with the dual-clutch unit also feature the new N Grin Shift mode which enables 20 seconds of overboost and sharpens up gearshifts.
There’s also an N Power Shift function which automatically kicks in when the throttle is depressed beyond 90 per cent. Its purpose is to minimise torque reduction on upshifts.
Safety gets a boost with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane following assist, blind-spot collision avoidance, and rear cross-traffic alert with AEB included as standard.
Design changes include revised front and rear bumpers, a wide centre grille with the N signature, new LED headlamps with V-shaped daytime running lights, new rear lamps and larger exhaust pipes.
There’s also newly-developed 19-inch forged alloy wheels which trim 14kg from the car’s unsprung mass and larger 360mm front brakes up from 345mm.
On the inside, buyers get a larger 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen running updated software and graphics to monitor and improve the driver’s track skills.
For the first time, Hyundai will offer N Light Seats, a set of lightweight, high-performance front seats that are 2.2kg lighter than the standard seats.
Trimmed in leather and Alcantara, the N Light Seats are said to feature pronounced bolsters for excellent lateral support, Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest.
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