2021 Hyundai i30 N UK costs revealed
Whereas the value level has jumped up a notch, when the unique i30 N was launched it definitely lived as much as Hyundai’s status of providing a value-driven package deal, being priced considerably decrease than most of its direct competitors. But it rapidly proved benefit towards rivals just like the Golf GTI and Focus ST, constantly punching above its weight and altering our notion of Hyundai’s engineering functionality alongside the way in which. This new pricing technique displays this by aligning the i30 N virtually completely with its rivals.
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There’s plenty of new content material to take pleasure in to compensate for the additional price beginning with the 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which has a considerable 28lb ft soar to 289lb ft, accessible over a a lot wider rev band between 1950 and 4600rpm. Energy can also be up a delicate 5bhp rise to 276bhp. This uplift in numbers has yielded a 0.2sec discount within the 0-62mph time at 5.9sec, dropping to only 5.4sec when fitted with the brand new DCT – high pace is unchanged at 155mph.
The oddly named N Grin Shift mode, for example, will overboost the turbo for 20 second durations and shift up by way of the gears with out reducing torque, giving a pronounced jolt ahead on upshifts. When the 20 seconds is up, the transmission will keep full-torque upshifts on adjustments when over 90 p.c throttle is utilized, however the turbo will return to regular outputs.
Hyundai hasn’t messed with the chassis setup a lot past a delicate re-tune of the dampers and steering calibration. There’s a new stabiliser bar fitted on the rear although, becoming a member of the in-cabin strut brace. The brake package deal is as earlier than, consisting of two-pot calipers gripping 360mm entrance discs.
Visually, the brand new i30 N shares its sharper exterior visuals with the N-Line mannequin, however maintains its trademark triangular third brake mild and crimson pinstripes. The wheels are a brand new set of solid 19-inch items wrapped in the identical bespoke Pirelli P Zero tread as earlier than, however save a mixed 14.4kg over (non-UK) fashions fitted with the usual solid 18s. The exhaust finishers are additionally bigger, and nonetheless managed by way of the sensible N driver modes.
The cabin’s updates encompass a brand new infotainment system and contemporary bucket seats (a £600 possibility), however the fundamentals of a superb steering wheel and dial pack offset with cruddy plastics and dated visuals stay unchanged. So too is Hyundai’s in-depth, however straightforward to make use of N Driver mode performance as earlier than, which provides drivers an excellent unfold of variability to the driving expertise with out being overly advanced or time consuming.
Hyundai UK is nonetheless ready on extra exact timings for the arrival of the brand new fashions, however automobiles must be arriving to sellers by the mid-summer. When it does arrive, it’ll be part of a complete new household of N fashions together with the Kona N and eagerly awaited i20 N supermini, and given the unique was such an excellent automobile proper out of the gates, there’s cause to suspect the subsequent one will probably be even higher.