- New i30 Turbo model with 186 ps tops the New i30 range
- Tuned suspension and more direct steering for a more dynamic ride and handling behaviour
- Unique design features on exterior and interior highlight sporty character
- For buyers looking for sporty driving dynamics and unique design without compromising driveability, Hyundai is adding a new top-of-the-range model to the New i30 line-up for 2015.
The new i30 Turbo is powered by a turbo-charged version of the 1.6-litre Gamma GDI engine.
Jürgen Grimm, Head of Powertrain at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany explains: “We wanted to add a powerful but not aggressive engine to the i30 line-up as our focus was on driver enjoyment, not simply performance figures. By engineering maximum power output to 186 ps at 5500 rpm, we could achieve a significant increase in low end torque, delivering more linear acceleration and greater driveability of the engine.”
The engine generates 265 Nm of torque from just 1500 to 4500 revs, which results in a more dynamic acceleration performance. The power is delivered to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 8,0 seconds and top speed is 219 km/h.
To complement the 28 per cent hike in power and 38 per cent increase in torque (over the 1.6 GDI model), the i30 Turbo is fitted with sports suspension tuning, new 18-inch alloy wheels and tyres and a more direct steering (2,78 turns lock-to-lock). The Turbo model is fitted with 300 mm ventilated discs (front) and 284 mm solid discs (rear).
To deliver a sporty drive, tuned to European roads, the i30 Turbo was engineered at Hyundai’s Test Centre at the famous Nürburgring in Germany. Tuning the car’s sporty characteristics was carried out alongside an ‘Accelerated Durability Test’ that simulates a normal vehicle’s lifecycle in just four to six weeks, covering 110 laps of the demanding circuit per week. Every lap of the 20,8 km long, very demanding track is comparable to nearly 380 km on normal road use.
The team at Hyundai’s European design centre made a host of changes to i30 Turbo to differentiate it from its siblings. Exterior design features bespoke to the New i30 Turbo highlight the car’s sporty character including a new radiator grille, front and rear bumper with red detailing, new front LED design, twin exhausts and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Continuing the car’s distinctive design on the inside, the designers specified a black headlining, sports front seats and rear seats with red detailing, sports instrument cluster and contrasting red details on the steering wheel, gear knob and door trims.
The New i30 Turbo will be available in both three-door and five-door hatchback bodystyles, in a range of unique paint finishes including the new colour: Jet Black - exclusive for Turbo model.