i30 N - Driving performance

- The i30 N is all about precision, control, safety and durability when it comes to sharp performance and driving excitement.

State-of-the-art high-performance technologies can be effectively combined to provide a smooth and controlled ride. The key high-performance features are segment-leading for Hyundai Motor’s first N model and can be chosen individually by the driver depending on the driving mood.

Steering sytem

The i30 N offers a new level of precision in its steering, delivering great value to the driver: its rack-mounted motor driven power steering system (R-MDPS) provides stability to the vehicle at high speeds and makes the car instantly responsive at lower speeds. The electric steering assist system located in the steering gear offers very high output and is designed even for track day driving with cup tyres.

Launch Control

The i30 N’s Launch Control controls engine torque when starting from standstill, helping to launch the car like a professional race driver. Launch Control can be effectively used in N drive mode: with the off-switched Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the clutch disengaged, the first gear can be engaged immediately by releasing the clutch pedal within five seconds after full throttle acceleration.


Rev-matching automatically adjusts the revs on the engine when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear. Consequently, depending on the drive mode, it allows smoother or sportier downshifts. The Rev-matching button can be switched on easily by hand as it is located on the right side of the steering wheel.

Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS)

By controlling the damping force, ride and handling and stability are both enhanced. Depending on the driving conditions, from daily trips to circuit driving, the vehicle’s performance can be adjusted. The use of a solenoid valve guarantees a precise and immediate damping force control. It allows the driver to influence the stiffness of the suspension with the push of a button.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system stabilises the vehicle during cornering manoeuvres. If desired, the ESC can be switched off completely for maximum race track feeling.

Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) (with Performance Package)

The strong cornering ability of i30 N is achieved by different new performance features, such as the Electronically-Controlled Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD). This allows driven wheels to turn at different speeds by applying different amounts of torque depending on the load transfer from the inner to the outer front axle wheel. Wheel slip in specific conditions is reduced and understeering on cornering minimised. E-LSD increases the maximum cornering speed by 5%.

Electronic Sound Generator (ESG)

To provide the inside of the i30 N with a real high-performance experience, a sporty engine sound is produced by the Electronic Sound Generator in the body panel. In the cabin, at the base of the windscreen, is an engine sound generator which provides some extra acoustic drama to match the mood of the driver.. 

Variable Exhaust Valve System (with Performance Package)

Depending on the drive mode, the customer can select different exhaust sounds and thus manage to actively control the exhaust valve. The sound differs with the size of the valve opening. The twin-outlet active exhaust has several settings, allowing the car to increase the amount of exhaust sound from normal to powerful.

Driving Modes

Drivers can choose from five individual drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be activated by using the two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), engine sound, steering and rev-matching. In the N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each high-performance component to match driving preferences and road conditions.

Components Drive Mode Button
Eco / Normal / Sport
Powertrain Settings
Engine responseEco / Normal / Sport
Rev MatchingOff / Normal / Sport
Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD)Normal / Normal / Sport
Exhaust sound (after-fire* sound & variable exhaust sound)Eco / Normal / Sport
Electronic Sound GeneratorNormal / Normal / Sport
Chassis Settings
Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS)Normal / Normal / Sport
SteeringNormal / Normal / Sport
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)Normal / Normal / Normal 
ComponentsN Button 
N Mode / N Custom
Powertrain Settings
Engine responseSport+ / Normal - Sport - Sport+
Rev MatchingSport+ / Off - Normal - Sport - Sport+
Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD)Sport / Normal - Sport
Exhaust sound (after-fire sound & variable exhaust sound)*Sport+ (with after-burn sound) / Normal - Sport - Sport+
Electronic Sound GeneratorSport+ / According to engine mode
Chassis Settings
Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS)Sport+ / Normal - Sport - Sport+
SteeringSport+ / Normal - Sport - Sport+
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)Sport+ / Normal - Sport - Off

* After-fire sound is heard only in SPORT+

Powerful Performance Package

The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine available with the two power outputs: the Standard Package engine delivers 250 PS, whereas the Performance Package engine's maximum power is boosted to 275 PS. Both outputs deliver a maximum torque of 353 Nm and reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The 250 PS version accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds*, the 275 PS version in 6.1 seconds*.

The engine offers direct response with a linear power development through the early responding turbo charger, and is available with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. The power is transferred independently to the gear train, in order to always be ready to shift to the next gear without any torque interruption.

The i30 N with Performance Package exclusively comes with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, distinctive red N break calipers and larger brake discs (18-inch at the front, 17-inch at the rear). The Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) and Variable Exhaust Valve System are additional features included in the Performance Package to provide the optimal race track experience.