Hyundai, please stop screwing around and confirm that this hot hatch is coming stateside.
The Aussies over at CarAdvice have dug up some juicy new details regarding Hyundai N’s first model, the upcoming i30 N hot hatch. Thanks to an “inadvertent reveal” during a presentation the word on the street is that the new N car will have 250 horsepower. That power output can be upped to 275 ponies if buyers spec an optional performance package. The car will launch with a six-speed manual transmission and will later be available with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission come 2019.
Hyundai plans to debut its new electronic limited-slip differential on the performance i30. A quad exhaust, not the dual-exhaust setup we’ve seen on previous test mules, will be fitted to the i30 N. Additional appearance upgrades include new aero elements which include side skirts, special wheels and a trunk-mounted spoiler. These upgrades will also apparently be available on normal i30 models as part of an optional appearance package. As for the car’s availability in the US, that wasn’t discussed in the presentation apparently. Hot hatches are becoming a big deal in the US. Hyundai seems to recognize this. The new Elantra GT has a Sport trim with 201 hp. The South Koreans could have kept things boring but decided to have the new hatch’s performance match its looks.
Maybe they’ll offer an N version of the new Elantra GT? Hatchback sales are down in the US overall but as Ford has shown Americans have a healthy appetite for hot hatches. Hyundai needs to introduce Americans to N eventually, and now may be the best time to do so before hatch sales slip even further.