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Hyundai i30 N review: “You’ll be surprised how playful it is”

The standard i30 has been thoroughly reworked, even down to extra strengthening added to both body and chassis structure. This gives the McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension a strong platform to brace against.

The four cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo engine is taken from elsewhere in Hyundai’s line-up, but has been heavily reworked to the point it now develops 247bhp and 260lb ft (279lb ft on overboost).

Or 271bhp. From launch there will be two i30 Ns: a standard one priced at £24,995 and an uprated N Performance model costing £3,000 more. Besides the extra 24bhp (torque remains the same), this gives you bigger wheels (19s instead of 18s), uprated brakes, different steering and final-drive ratios, a (removable) brace bar in the boot and a proper mechanical differential (albeit electrically controlled) in place of a torque-steer-by-brake set-up.

There’s also a few cosmetic enhancements and so on, but that’s a fairly comprehensive and fundamental list of upgrades. And that’s not even the best news…

Read the full article here: https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/hyundai/i30/20t-gdi-n-5dr/first-drive
Date posted: 27th, September, 2017