Speaking to Carbuyer at the Nurburging, Hyundai’s head of high-performance development Albert Biermann described several areas of improvement the i30 N will have over a basic i30, including a faster and more precise gearshift, stiffer engine and transmission mounts to help it corner better, more sensitive and precise power steering, anti-lock brakes tuned to suit the high-performance tyres fitted to the car and modified suspension for better handling.
Styling elements such as the headlights and taillights represent a sneak peak into the next-generation Hyundai Veloster. According to a Hyundai Motor America representative, the second iteration of the compact sports car is designed by the team that penned the Santa Cruz pickup truck.
The N treatment will also trickle down to the Genesis luxury division. Biermann, who used to work at BMW as vice president of engineering, declared that we “have to be ready for N versions for Hyundai and Genesis. More than one.” Don’t know about you, but the high-performance future of Hyundai holds promise.
The Nurburgring-tuned 2.0-litre turbo-petrol i30 N, meanwhile, has already been confirmed for production and should offer more than 200kW, have a top speed in excess of 250km/h and be on sale in Australia next year.
Other technologies being tested on the car include carbon fiber body panels for less weight and improved weight distribution; electronic limited-slip differentials at both axles; an adjustable rear wing spoiler; an adjustable exhaust valve; and an adjustable seat that can automatically increase the level of bolstering when cornering hard.