The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch will race at the Nurburgring

FOR A WHILE NOW Hyundai has been talking of its new N brand, which seems to be along the same lines as Mercedes’AMG, BMW’s M, Ford’s RS and Audi’s RS.  We have mused on exactly what that might mean for motoring enthusiasts as such brands are sometimes little more than marketing exercises, but it looks like Hyundai is serious.

Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development, said: “This Nürburgring 24h race provides the ideal test bed for our motorsport-inspired N sub-brand development and a key part of our ‘born in Namyang, honed at Nürburgring’ performance-car ethos. The technological inspiration and experience gained from this extreme testing will accelerate our development of high-performance, fun-to-drive N models.”

We like the “fun to drive” bit.

So how different will the i30 N be to a standard car? Quite a bit, if you look at the title photo. Still, a nice body is one thing and it doesn’t mean to say there’s any depth to the vehicle. Hyundai say that “around 40% of the development i30 2.0L Turbo N is new with its newly-developed engine, plus enhanced transmission, suspension, dampers”.

You can see a video of the i30 N’s engine development here. It shows the i30 in a bit of action with rather more wheelspin on takeoff than is ideal.

 

 

 

There’s also a closeup of the engine output which shows 264 ps (metric horsepower), equivalent to 194kW and 309Nm. Whether that’s the peak figures or not is impossible to say but those are healthy power outputs, provided the i30 N is kept nice and light. Hopefully that will be the case, as Hyundai also say that N is about “delivering maximum driving pleasure to true motoring enthusiasts.”

Aside from the i30 N, Hyundai Motor will also race two production-car-based models, i30 1.6L Turbo (#133) and a Veloster (#134). The i30 Turbo will be defending its 2015 class win.



Tony Hartman Kok

Sales Manager
E: tony@garagecentraal.com
T: 730-3000
               


Johnny Milan

Senior Sales Associate
E: jmilan@garagecentraal.com
T: 593-3778
               


Demis Thielman

Sales Associate
E: dthielman@garagecentraal.com
T: 739-1974
               


Lizzette Koolman

Sales Associate
E: lkoolman@garagecentraal.com
T: 594-4900
               


Alex Dijkhoff

Sales Associate
E: adijkhoff@garagecentraal.com
T: 592-6075
               


Adolfo Gonzalez

Sales Associate
E: agonzalez@garagecentraal.com
T: 563-5074
               


Jerald Winterdal

Sales Associate
E: jwinterdal@garagecentraal.com
T: 660-2425
               

About Garage Centraal

The goal of Garage Centraal Aruba is simple: that everyone that needs a vehicle is able to have a vehicle that satisfies their needs and expectations, with expert service and parts support. That is why we offer brand new, award winning quality vehicles from Hyundai, Isuzu and Volkswagen, along with an extensive catalog of pre-owned vehicles.

We are open from 8:00am till 5:30pm on weekdays and saturday from 8:00 to 12:00pm. Come visit us or call us at 522-6200

Search