Hyundai i30N Pricing Announced!

Will the Golf GTi's Crown be Stolen?

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As we all sit on the edge of our collective seat waiting to hear exactly where the latest offering from Hyundai will fall in the Australian marketplace, we got exactly the news we were hoping for last night, with some specific pricing and model information on the i30N… and it’s very good news.  

The upcoming bantamweight brawler will drop itself securely into the hot-hatch battlefield around the mark of the Golf GTI, at $39,990 + OTR costs. Yes, you can technically drive away in a boggo GTI ‘Original’ for cheaper, but realistically, by the time you’ve ticked a few necessary options boxes to bring the GTI up to spec, the already well attended i30N will cost less to have on your driveway, and will come with a host of extras as standard; including an active exhaust, launch control, electro-adaptive suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli performance tyres specially developed for the N.

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It’s also worth noting that Hyundai skips the base level trimmed i30N entirely, opting for the full-fat i30N Performance as the sole offering for Aussie market. A turbocharged 2.0-litre four greets you with 202kW and 353Nm, and an overboost sports mode will kick that up to 378Nm, presumably when your foot in mashed through the carpet and you’re trying to overtake a pesky salesman in his GTI work car. An electronic LSD comes with the Performance pack, which helps keep the front planted and limits torque steer from the FWD platform.

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On the inside are sports front seats with adjustable leg bolstering, a handy lane-keep assistance feature and an 8.0-inch touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with the usual electric-everything and mod-cons we’ve come to expect from a top spec Hyundai. You can still drop some serious cash on a ‘Luxury Pack’ for $3000 which will give you some alcantara/leather heated seats, wireless device charging and some extra convenience options. A glass panoramic sunroof can be had for an extra $2k on top of that.  

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Performance is brisk but it’s not a straight line hero by any means. 0-100kph in 6.1 seconds is the factory claim, but that’s ample for today’s hot hatches. It’ll be the chassis and suspension tweaks that really set this apart from the disappointingly mild hatches that have come out of this region over the past few years.

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Looking at the guys behind the build, I’ve got high hopes for the launch car to drive every bit as good as the pretest cars, which were all honed and polished on the Nordschleife. It’s worth remembering that the N was developed by the same people who were headhunted from BMW’s ///M performance division, possibly why they chose the letter ‘N’ as the model designation. (‘N’ supposedly stands for Namyang - but I don’t buy that.)

We haven’t been lucky enough to get our hands on a test car over here in WA just yet, but word on the street is this thing is more than just a Golf GTI replica. Yes it takes the same spirit and formula that we all love. Just like VW, Hyundai have taken a base-model car, pumped it out, dropped it down and fitted its engine bay with a madly powerful motor and the chassis with some trick dynamic-mode suspension, but that’s not it. I can sense that there’s some genuine passion behind the N, and if there’s anything I’ve learnt from driving such a wide host of cars is that having an engineering and design team who care about what they are building counts for an awful lot when it comes to how good the final product is. From the passion we’ve seen poured into this project, I think it’s going to be way more than just a marketing exercise.

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* Overseas model shown.