Hyundai i30 N Fastback tests before 2019 launch

Hyundai is the development of a fastback version of its i30N hot hatch. The model is expected to go on sale at the beginning of the next year.

Spotted in Scandinavia during cold-weather testing, the stylish five-door i30N Fastback can be seen rolling on the same 19in wheels and sporting the same twin-exit exhaust system as his brother.

This is because the software will use the same mechanics and powertrain as the current i30N hot hatch. This means that it will be offering two power outputs from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine engine power: 247bhp for the standard variant and 271bhp for the version with the N option Performance Pack.

The two variants will be front-wheel drive and are expected to come with a six-speed manual transmission, like the existing sedan model. Despite the change in the shape of the body, the fastback performance will probably be almost identical to the sedan, meaning a 0-62mph time of about 6.1 sec for the 271bhp version.

Hyundai N division boss Albert Biermann, who joined the firm from BMW M division, oversees the chassis development for all Hyundai models, but it is known to have the most influence on its most beautiful cars. Biermann encourages a more playful installation on its models, so it will probably remain a target for the i30N Fastback.

Biermann told Autocar last year that the i30N models would be effective track machines. He said, “there are too many cars out there with tires and brakes that are going to [off] too quickly [circuit]”, but that Hyundai “really wanted to make a car that can be consistent”.

Biermann has confirmed that his team has used testing at the Nürburgring, which included a competition last year’s 24 hour race there, in order to stimulate the sustainability of the i30N platform. He said that such methods directly contributed to the improvement of the car’s clutch and shift operation, as well as the cooling of the brakes.

The i30N Fastback will also be the use of Hyundai electronic control of damping, which continuously adjusts each shock absorber independently in order to maximize performance in the sportiest of the modes, or be more forgiving in soft modes. These modes also adjust the car’s electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD).

The i30N Fastback of the single-point-of-sale goes directly to the center on its sleek design. Market trends suggest that it will be selling at lower volumes than the hatchback, but it is also likely to have a higher price which will have an impact on this.

The regular i30 Fastback, which comes with the 1.0-litre or 1.4-litre petrol engines, starts at £20,305 in the SE of the net asset value of the form, which is 500 € more than the equivalent i30 hatch. A similar jump is likely, therefore, with the i30N Fastback, meaning that it could start from around £25,500.

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