Hyundai’s performance aspirations are clear: The Korean automaker wants its newly created N sub-brand to take on performance marquees—all of them. Already confirmed, the first N performance model will be based on the i30 hatchback (known as the Elantra GT here in the U.S. market), and now we know what it sounds like.
Aimed at taking on establish performance models like the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si, and Ford Focus ST, the i30 N will be powered by a turbocharged infline-4 with likely more than 200 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of less than seven seconds.
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The team developing the i30 N is led by former BMW M engineering boss Albert Biermann. Work on the car has been ongoing for quite some time, and a development mule even raced in the 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours. That car finished 90th overall.
It’s unknown whether the i30 N will be sold and badged here in the U.S. as an Elantra GT N, or whether it’ll be a European-market exclusive.
(For those wondering why Hyundai’s new performance division is named “N,” it’s after the Korean automaker’s Namyang R&D center located in Hwaseong, Korea. It’s also a tribute to the Nürburgring, where development of the N models is underway.)