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klims 2018 the hyundai i30 n shows how serious the koreans are in building hot hatches

KLIMS 2018 - The Hyundai i30 N shows how serious the Koreans are in building hot hatches

It has everything a proper hot hatch needs: a powerful 2.0-litre engine and a millennial anti-theft device

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Christopher Ng

23 Nov 2018

For what is worth, the Veloster is an outstanding hatchback that pushed boundaries with an out-of-box design. But it was too playful ever to be considered a hot hatch. So Hyundai decided to build the i30 N that would give the Golf GTI and perhaps even the Civic Type R some sleepless nights. 

Throw tameness out of the door because the i30 N is armed with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 275hp and 353Nm of torque. Load it up with a six-speed manual gearbox, the i30 N executes the 0-100kph sprint in 6.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 250kph. 

To make sure that the i30N isn’t just fast on the straight line, Hyundai didn’t hold back to put agility into this hatchback. The i30 N is equipped with the Electronic Controlled Suspension, N Traction & Stability Control and N Corner Carving Differential. So maybe the Cacao Corner is real after all.

Of course, as with all modern hot hatchbacks, the i30 N is also engineered with drive modes. Appropriately called the N Grin Control System, the drive modes that are available to be selected are Normal, Sport, N, N Custom and Eco. The drive modes not only turns the drivetrain into Hulk but also alters the chassis setting to match the engine’s aggression.

The Hyundai i30 N does sound like a whole lot of fun, and it looks the part too. It is a shame that the i30 N isn’t available on our shores, would have made things around here more interesting.