Hyundai is currently testing a much more potent variant of the i30 – the i30 N – as the direct competitor against the likes from Volkswagen GTI, Ford Focus or Peugeot 308 GTi.
However, the spy video below is actually showing us two variants of the upcoming i30 N, an entry-level dubbed “Road” and a much more potent named “Track”.
Visually, both versions of the i30 N are wearing full camouflage, indicating plenty of new aerodynamics, which would increase the cars` performance and driving capabilities. We are looking here at a future new aero kit with front bumper and intakes, rear diffuser and bespoke side sills for a sportier feel.
Mechanically speaking, both the Road and the Track will come with a new suspension system, especially calibrated for track, adding a mechanical limited-slip differential with electronic control, as well as adjustable dampers and bi-modal exhaust system, the latter two also available in the Track version.
In terms of performance, the Hyundai i30 N Road will develop 186 kW with the Track variant adding more – 205 kW on board. Both will arrive with a six-speed manual transmission, but the carmaker will also fit a high-performance eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox which would increase the gear shifting response for improved performance and acceleration.
More than that, later this year, another N model will join the club, presuming the long-rumored 280 kW N30, aimed at the Ford Focus RS, Mercedes-AMG A45, or Audi RS3.
On the Ring, the variants are being tested out under the direct supervision of Albert Biermann, who is no other than the former BMW M Division CEO.