- The i30 N is focused on true performance features, while also enhancing the experience of those behind the wheel.
The car has unique high-performance design elements: it pairs purposeful front and rear bumpers and a new rear spoiler with the timeless design of the i30 range. Adhering to the principle of ‘form follows function’, designers worked closely with aerodynamic specialists to define the best ratio of downforce, drag and aerodynamics to create the optimum driving experience. The car’s lowered body and optimised aerodynamics give it a sporty silhouette and a strong stance and enhance both road balance and race track capabilities.
The i30 N features a wider wheel arch with 18- or 19-inch wheels, displaying N logos. Compared to the standard five-door car, the i30 N is 4 mm lower with 18-inch wheels and 8 mm lower with 19-inch wheels. The N signature can also be found on the striking red brake calipers and on the Cascading Grille at the front. This clearly denotes the model’s high-performance pedigree.
At the front of the car, the i30 N continues the sporty, purposeful appearance with headlamps accentuated with black bezels. The prominent Cascading Grille at the front of the car is enhanced by a crisp red insert which runs along the bottom of the front splitter, highlighting the emotional appearance and strong character of the car. At the rear, a highly distinctive triangular brake light is nestled in a new gloss black spoiler and wide dual exhaust tips that emphasise the eye-catching look of the sports hatchback.
Horizontal LED daytime running lights sit atop two air inlets on both sides of the car’s front bumper, which enhance brake cooling and aerodynamics. Behind the Cascading Grille, additional air curtains enhance air flow, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches and improving the engine cooling. The front splitter and rear wing spoiler have been carefully crafted to create downforce and exceptional aerodynamic balance.
The interior is focused on connecting the driver with the car at each and every contact point. This concept is aimed at people who truly love cars. The exclusive ‘N’ steering wheel puts control of the i30 N’s driving performance features right at the driver’s fingertips. On the left side of the steering wheel, the driver can select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. On the right, they can select the ‘chequered flag’ N-mode, or a custom setting which is visible on the navigation screen. For enhanced engine response during gear shifting, the driver can activate the rev-matching control system by using the rev-match button just above the N button. The steering wheel and ball-type gear knob are both accentuated with unique Performance Blue colouring and both incorporate the N logo to further indicate the interior’s sporting focus.
The electronic instrument cluster is designed with enthusiastic drivers in mind. A shift timing indicator at the top of the cluster indicates when to change gears for optimal race track driving performance. The red zone of the variable LED rev counter changes according to driving performance and engine oil temperature. Both the rev counter and speedometer are distinctively designed and feature blue lighting tying them in with the N Performance feel of the cabin.
The i30 N features unique high-performance sports seats with sculpted lumbar support and extendable seat cushions to provide stability and comfort for the driver and front passenger. Depending on trim, the seats are upholstered in a combination of faux suede and leather or cloth. Both versions feature a stamped N logo on the back rest.
High-performance colour range
The i30 N comes with the exclusive Performance Blue paint, a nod to Hyundai Motor’s motor sport heritage. Introduced at the beginning of Hyundai’s involvement in WRC, the colour has represented the N line-up ever since. Alternatively, buyers can choose from four other exterior colours: Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black or Engine Red.
The side sills are painted in black to enhance the sporty character of the lowered body, and these are complemented by the the glossy black finish of the door mirrors. The door handles are body-coloured allowing them to blend into the flanks, creating a sleek and dynamic side profile.
High-quality interior materials and dark metal inserts underline the sophisticated character of the i30 N and its affiliation with the motor sport sector.