The not-for-North America hot hatch gets exclusive styling touches and bronze wheels.
We could complain about the fact that Hyundai doesn't send the i30 N hot hatch to the US, but the truth is that the automaker sends us most of its other goodies. Introduced in 2017 as a hotted-up version of the Hyundai Elantra-based i30, the i30 N sports a useful hatchback body and a rowdy turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Now, Hyundai is releasing a Limited Edition variant of the car with exclusive colors and styling touches. Hyundai refreshed the standard i30 N last year.
Hyundai notes that 800 cars will be produced, with 75 for the UK, 545 for the rest of Europe, and 180 for Australia. No pricing information is available yet, but the car will likely start just north of the standard i30 N, in the low $30,000 range.
The Limited Edition gets the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine found in the standard i30 N. It produces 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and Hyundai says the i30 N comes with a temporary boost mode that bumps output by around ten horsepower for up to 20 seconds.
Styling carries over from the standard i30 N, but the Limited Edition brings a few exclusive touches, including 19-inch matte bronze forged alloy wheels and black Hyundai badges. Each car gets a special badge with the GPS coordinates of the Hyundai Motor Europe Test Center at the Nurburgring where the cars were developed. Two exclusive colors are available, including Phantom Black Pearl and Serenity White Pearl.
Hyundai applied Alcantara in liberal swaths of the i30 N's cabin, and red accents help break up the otherwise monochromatic interior. The Limited Edition brings exclusive floor mats, and each unit comes with a serialized badge to note its position among the 800 cars.
We don't get the i30 N here in the United States, but Hyundai has been generous with its other N-flavored vehicles. Our first was the Veloster N, which debuted in 2019. The Kona N was released in late 2021, and the Elantra N is out now. The two American N cars get the same powerful engine and share much of their mechanical trickery with the i30 N, so we've got most of the elements here.