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New Metal | Hyundai i30 N

It seems to have spent an inordinate amount of time lapping the Nürburgring, but Hyundai’s new hot hatch is finally here. 

2017 Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai is suitably proud of the fact that the new i30 N has racked up some 6,000 miles of testing at the fearsome Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. That includes competition running in the ADAC 24 hours race, along with substantial time polishing and refining the dynamics. It means Hyundai is putting real faith in the i30 N being able to perform on track.

2017 Hyundai i30 N

Before we go any further; what does the ‘N’ stand for? According to Hyundai it symbolises the shape of a chicane, and is relevant to this i30 being developed in both Namyang and at the Nürburgring. There are plans for more N-branded road cars, but this is where it all begins for real.

2017 Hyundai i30 N

Although in reality, things started quite some time before 2017. Hyundai has been competing in the World Rally Championship with the i20 WRC car, wearing N badges, since 2014. Also, Hyundai offered the i30 Turbo as part of the previous generation range. We tested the old i30 Turbo and found it broadly commendable, plus a solid platform for future hot hatches. As such, we’ve high hopes for the i30 N, based on our previous quick Hyundai experiences and the wealth of performance equipment thrown at this new car.

2017 Hyundai i30 N

Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 247hp and 260lb-ft of torque. There is, however, an optional Performance Package that along with various other tweaks, boosts power to a more substantial 271hp. This leaves the i30 N in something of a hot hatch hinterland – more powerful than a Golf GTI, but with less horsepower than a Golf R, for example. (more…)

WRC – Second generation Hyundai i20 rally car is here

Although the World Rally Championship has already finished for 2015, Hyundai have got the jump on their rivals by showing off their new 2016 car now. 

2016 Hyundai i20 WRCWe were always a little unsure as to why Hyundai began its second attempt at the WRC using a car based on the first-generation i20 model. Credit must be given to the original version though, as it allowed the team to battle for second place in the Manufacturers Championship all the way until the final round this year. The 2016 season kicks off at the Monte Carlo Rally in just six weeks, and the three-car Hyundai Motorsport squad should be in a strong position, having completed some 8,000km testing with the new machine this year.

As much as EngageSportMode is a fan of the Volkswagen Polo, and the all-conquerieng dominance of WRC by it for the past three seasons, it would be good to see the Germans have a real challenger. Plus, with Citroën withdrawing factory support for the DS3 WRC, Hyundai should be able to sew up second place, at least. (more…)