By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-26 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Hyundai's hot i30 N
for January sales
HYUNDAI has announced the pricing and specification of its first high-performance model, the i30 N, which will go on sale in the UK in January.
The i30 N has been partly developed and tested at the Nurburgring, home to Hyundai Motor's European Test Centre.
The i30 N is priced from £24,995 and features standard equipment in line with the rest of the i30 range, including LED head and tail lights, smart adaptive speed control, keyless entry, eight-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
It also offers performance equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, electronically controlled suspension, torque vectoring stem and steering wheel mounted drive mode buttons, where the driver can access and customise engine and suspension settings.
Priced from £27,995, the i30 N Performance offers additional performance specific equipment, including 19-inch alloys wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tyres, an additional 25bhp of power and electronical limited slip differential.
Both models come with shared equipment including launch control to assist the driver with maximum acceleration from a standing start.
Significantly, 0 to 50 acceleration is very brisk at just 4.6 and 4.1 seconds with 18 seconds of overboost available on the engine.
Fuel economy is rated at for the i30 N is rated at 41.2mpg and 40.2 for the Performance model with respective emissions of 159 and 163g/km.
Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO Hyundai Motor UK, said: "We are incredibly excited about the arrival of Hyundai's first high-performance model under the N line-up.
"As well as the great value that our customers expect, the i30 N offers advanced technology and a high level of driver customisation - meaning it can play the role of comfort-oriented commuter as well as race track-ready performance car."
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