After several months of its arrival, the Hyundai i30N finally sees the light with an official debut and price tag of RM 298,888. However, only 20 units would be available for purchase on one of the country’s leading e- shops, Lazada. Pre-orders start on the website from 2 - 11 December, with booking fees at RM2,000. First buyers will get an opportunity to get a track day experience with the i30N in Korea.
What’s the buzz with the Hyundai i30N
If you haven’t already read about the i30N, don’t worry we got you covered. The i30N comes in two variants, standard and N Performance for worldwide distribution. Hyundai Malaysia only introduces the 275 PS/353 Nm N Performance variant with a better overall package such as 19-inch alloy wheels, Red Brake Caliper with N logo, adjustable front seats and suede & leather seats.
As an everyday performance car, the i30N is a 5-door hatch decked in N signature motifs. Differentiating it from the standard i30N are the 19-inch wheels, lowered ride height and red calipers. Some of worthy highlights include headlights with black bezels and DRLs, the grille, air inlets, front spiltters, triangular brake light at the rear, gloss black spoiler, side air curtains and dual exhaust tips. The local i30N only comes in one body color, in Performance Blue.
Inside, the cabin Is intuitively focused on dynamic driving. The exclusive ‘N’ steering wheel puts control of the i30 N’s driving performance features right at the driver’s fingertips. On the left side of the steering, the driver may select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. On the right, they have the option of selecting the ‘chequered flag’ N-mode, or a custom setting visible on the navigation screen. The steering wheel and ball-type gear knob are both accentuated with unique Performance Blue coloring and incorporating the N logo. Further interior highlights entail a sporty-looking instrument cluster with illumination, faux suede/leather upholstery. The cockpit of the i30 N shows key performance parameters on the instrument cluster as well as the 8-inch free-floating screen.
The i30N is fitted with a 2.0l turbo, paired to a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission. There are five drive modes to choose from: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings. Additionally, the driver can select the rev-matching button on the steering to increase the revs on the engine when shifting from a higher to a lower gear, while the car’s Launch Control helps to launch the car as quickly as possible by controlling engine torque. To make driving more exhilarating, the i30N has dual muffler exhaust featuring the variable exhaust valve system, larger brakes, an ECS function and an adjustable rear stiffness bar. Besides lowering the car, Hyundai installed an E-LSD to enhance grip and deliver maximum power.
All the necessary safety features and drive assist systems are in place to this sportscar to perform at its optimum.