Hyundai motor has just announced that the third model to bear the high-performance N logo will be the new Hyundai i30 Fastback – essentially the i30 sedan. The company is expected to reveal the i30 Fastback N in its full glory by the end of this year.

Like its hatchback sibling, the i30 Fastback N was developed at Hyundai’s technical centre at the Nürburgring, Nordschleife. The car is currently undergoing prototype testing to evaluate its performance and durability a variety of road conditions around Europe and of course, on the Green Hell.

The i30 Fastback is expected to get a similar set up as the i30 N with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed manual combo that dishes out 247 hp and 353 Nm of torque to drive the front wheels. The optional Performance upgrade bumps output up by an additional 25 hp. With Launch Control, the i30 will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds (6.1 seconds on i30 N Performance) with a limited top speed of 250 km/h. Expect the sedan to achieve similar figures.

On the hatchback model, Hyundai’s N division has added Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, Electronically Controlled Suspension, 17-inch ventilated brake discs (16-inch at the rear), N Torque Vectoring System, steering wheel mounted Drive Mode selector. The i30 N Performance even gets model-specific Pirelli P-Zero tyres (wrapped in 19-inch alloys), larger brake kit (18-inch front; 17-inch rear) and an Active Variable Exhaust System.


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.