A 374bhp track-focused hot hatch has been presented by Hyundai at the current 2016 Paris Motor Show. The first brand’s N-performance concept provides quite a clear idea of what the forthcoming i30N will look like in the production version. A much steroidal version, though.
According to the words of Albert Biermann, the Head of Hyundai’s N-division, the all-race concept, based on the i30 hatch, isn’t aimed to beat “Nurburgring lap records”. However, Hyundai focused on more track-going conceptual model keeping the building materials extremely light and the lower center of gravity. Using a carbon fibre polymer? Nope, it’s a high-priced thing of the past, Hyundai said. They used a newly-developed high-performance plastic for the details to reduce a weight. Equipped with a stronger forged internals and a bigger 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the track-ready RN30 properly produces 332 lb-ft of torque and 374 bhp, just the same data as the Mercedes-AMG A45. And what of the transmission? The N-badged concept has got a manual dual-clutch 8-speed one, with an electronic limited-slip differential. This powertrain, though, isn’t expected to come to market – the RN30 is still somewhat a quixotic model that we can’t opt for. Hyundai should definitely build it.