2021 Hyundai i30 N Teased With Refreshed Design, New Dual-Clutch Auto
In February of this year, Hyundai unveiled the refurbished i30 with an N Line wagon version and a new 1.5-liter turbo engine. Today, the South Korean company is taking the first steps to reveal the most powerful iteration of the revamped model. Below are the first images of the refreshed i30 N, along with the first technical details of the hot hatch.
Visually, the model is very similar to the pre-facelift version, but there are a few major changes that are worth your attention. The bumpers are new and there is also a new, more aggressive central grille up front. The changes are even more visible at the rear where there is a more prominent diffuser with two large integrated tailpipes. New LED headlights and taillights, as well as new 19-inch alloy wheels, complete the appearance upgrades.
Hyundai also informs us that the i30 N will benefit from a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with “dedicated N performance shift functions”. The Speedy Hatch will be the company’s first model for the European scene to feature the new gearbox and we should probably expect to see it in other Hyundais performances in the near future.
At this point, it’s not clear if the automaker has modified the i30 N’s engine, but we’re betting our money that the 2.0-liter unit under the hood will transfer to the refurbished model unchanged. This means that the “base” i30 N will continue to produce 250 horsepower (184 kilowatts) while the Performance pack will increase that number to a respectable 275 horsepower (202 kW).
With the new transmission, we’d expect the hatch to shave a few tenths of a second in acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0 to 100 kilometers per hour). Our prediction is that the more powerful variant will come close to the six-second mark for the sprint, compared to 6.2 seconds for the outgoing model.