Has a Hyundai ever enjoyed so much demand?
Korean automaker Hyundai recently did the unthinkable – it revealed a car that sounds genuinely exciting to drive. We’re talking of course about the i30 N, Hyundai’s first serious rival to the Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS in the competitive hot hatch segment. Hyundai’s first hot hatch has already garnered a lot of attention: the First Edition, limited to 100 units, sold out in just two days. Appropriately, the First Edition was offered exclusively to German customers, since the car was named after the Nurburgring where it was thoroughly tested.
It also happens to be where Hyundai’s European Testing Center is located. “The high interest in the First Edition confirms our confidence in the i30 N,” said Albert Biermann, VP of Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division. “Our first high-performance model under the N line up has been developed from the ground up to deliver pure driving pleasure in an accessible high-performance package for the road and for the track. It enriches the Hyundai brand with emotional appeal. People will experience a contented grin when driving this performance car.” Customers had to pay a €1,000 deposit to secure an order for the Hyundai i30 N First Edition.
Those who were lucky enough to place an order will be invited to the Nurburgring to attend a workshop by the i30 N’s chief designer and receive professional track driving training so they can push the hot hatch to the limit. The limited Hyundai i30 N First Edition is equipped with the Performance Package, which bumps up the power output from 247 hp to 271 hp and reduces the 0-62 mph to 6.2 seconds. It also adds an electronic limited-slip differential, beefier brakes, 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires, a lower ride height and a variable exhaust valve system. Both the standard and hotter i30 N top out at 155 mph.