Hyundai has released the first set of images and details of the i30 Fastback N ahead of its Paris motor show 2018 debut. The car is virtually identical to the i30 N hatchback with the same 2.0-litre petrol engine. It will again feature 250hp in standard mode, or 275hp with the Performance pack.
The Fastback is marginally heavier than the hot hatch though produces less drag. European engineering boss Klaus Köster said that car’s settings have been mildly modified to offer the same balance and handling as the regular i30 N.
In terms of exterior design, the car features the same front-end as the hot hatch, with a bespoke grille and bumper compared with those fitted to standard i30 derivatives. The rear is a new design specifically for the N model, featuring sculpted exhausts and diffuser, and an aerodynamic spoiler on the boot lid. A triangular central fog-light mimics the similarly shaped third brake light on the hot hatch, to set a design 'signature' for the N brand.
As with the regular i30 N, standard cars get 18-inch wheels, with 19-inch versions on the Performance trim. The Fastback also has a larger boot, at 450 litres, compared with the hot hatch’s 395 litres.
Hyundai has been testing a standard i30 hatchback on Indian roads. Sources tell us that it is just a test mule meant to test engines for the upcoming BS-VI norms.
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