2021 i30 N: Hyundai's Hot Hatch Just Got Hotter!
For model year 2021, Hyundai have given their popular hot-hatch some spicy upgrades.
When the i30 N first hit dealers in 2017, it became widely appreciated for its entertaining and engaging driving dynamics and 'asbo' exhaust note. It became a hit and the sale figures have more than doubled, year on year.
So what's different about the 2021 car?
First of all, power output from the turbo-charged 2.0 litre engine has increased by 5bhp and torque now peaks at 289 lb-ft, shaving 0.2 seconds of the 0-60 time. The 2021 i30 N reaches 60mph in just 5.9 seconds, however top speed remains the same at an electronically-limited 155mph.
Aside from the updated styling, one of the most significant changes is the addition of an optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, that can be specified on the performance-pack models. But don't worry purists, the 6-speed manual gearbox is here to stay. It must be noted that cars equipped with the new DCT option will receive an additional 'N Grin Shift mode' which is controlled by a button on the steering-wheel. When activated, this mode offers maximum transmission response and provides a whole 20 seconds of overboost.
As standard, the 'Performance' models come equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential (LSD), beefier brakes and newly developed 19-inch alloys that reduce unsprung weight by 14.4kg, to improve handling. The steering and suspension have both received a retune to accommodate these upgrades. The i30 N has been given Pirelli P-Zero tyres to go around its new shoes, which are expected to provide plenty of grip in the corners.
Hyundai now offer N light sports seats which reduce weight by a smidge over 2kg and look fantastic. The infotainment has also been upgraded to compete with German rivals, with the optional 10.5 inch touchscreen display that offers both Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Hyundai are yet to announce the price for the 2021 car, but it's likely to be a slight increase over the £29,810 current list price.
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