Hyundai’s newest member of the N-line of performance vehicles has been spotted on Germany’s Nürburgring undergoing testing.
Last year, Hyundai unveiled the i30 N hot hatchback, a Nürburgring-tuned compact car to compete with the likes of Honda’s Civic Type-R. It has yet to be released in North America, where we know the i30 better as the Elantra GT, but we still pay close attention to the South Korean’s N offerings in the hopes that they’ll eventually make their way to the United States.
We will be getting the Veloster N, eventually, but the i30 N will only be heading to European and Asian markets.
That doesn’t mean we can’t ogle the newest car to receive the N treatment from afar. The i30 N Fastback will be almost exactly the same as the regular i30 N, only it’ll have a gently sloping roofline that makes its way to a lifting tailgate.
The Fastback shares the powertrain of the i30 N, namely a 2.0-L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that puts out either 247 hp or 271 hp depending on whether you opt for the N Performance Package or not (and really, why wouldn’t you?). The Performance Package gives the N car a tuned ECU and a slightly bigger turbo to put out even more performance.
On the 271 hp version of the regular i30 N, zero to 62 mph is over and done in 6.1 seconds. Since the Fastback is virtually identical, we expect it to have the same acceleration and performance. The Fastback might handle slightly better thanks to a mildly lower center of gravity, but probably not enough to be all that noticeable.
That engine is connected to a six-speed manual, but a dual-clutch automatic is expected to arrive before the end of 2019 on both the regular and Fastback N models. There’s hope it’ll also make its way to the Veloster N so that it too can enjoy some dual-clutch goodness.
The i30 N Fastback is expected to debut sometime later this year, but Hyundai hasn’t said when. Maybe in Paris this October.