The Hyundai i30's Exhaust May Shut Up All Of The N Brand Skeptics

Nurburgring

This hot hatch sounds pretty impressive.

So far, we haven't seen anything really concrete from Hyundai's N performance division other than a few crazy concept cars. But now we finally get a taste of the N brand in action. Hyundai is planning to enter the Nurburgring 24 Hours race with three models, one of which will be a prototype of the upcoming i30 Turbo N hatchback. The i30 is the first model in a series of performance models that Hyundai hopes to grow into a fully fledged rival for BMW's M division. After hearing this car blast around the ring, we are finally excited for Hyundai's N brand.

The i30 will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which Hyundai claims is 40% new. The car will also have better brakes and suspension as well as wider fenders. Horsepower should be around 260.

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What gets us most excited about this car is finally getting to hear it in action. The engine has a nice grunt, with the appropriate little barks on the upshift akin to a slightly toned-down Jaguar F-Type. We haven't been kind about Hyundai's N brand in the past, but its first real showing might have us eating our words.

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