One of our favourite cars on the market is the i30 N and the 2021 edition is looking like it is going to impress us some more. With sales starting next month here in Australia, Hyundai have announced pricing and specs.
The 2021 i30 N builds on the success of its ground-breaking predecessor, with the introduction of a new wet-type eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT), and new advanced driver assistance and safety features, providing drivers with a better experience whether they’re on road or track.
As well as offering a range of design and driving enhancements, the 2021 i30 N is also equipped with more lightweight materials, resulting in more agility and better handling.
With a variety of new features to improve both every day and high-performance driving situations, the new i30 is truly a racetrack-capable everyday sports car.
The upgraded 2.0-litre turbocharged engine now delivers 206kW. This is an increase of 4kW over the original i30 N and is available with both 6MT and N DCT. Maximum torque has also been increased by 39Nm to 392Nm.
The 206kW engine offers flat power, which ensures high responsiveness and improved acceleration for even more fun on the road or on the track. Flat power provides more torque and power at lower RPM, thus utilising more of the engine’s potential in everyday driving situations. The new i30 N maintains maximum torque between 2,100 and 4,700 RPM and achieves maximum power at 6,000 RPM. This improves acceleration in the mid- and high-speed range and delivers a consistently high performance.
New i30 N has a maximum speed of 250 km/h and can go from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 secs, an improvement of 0.7 seconds or 11% over the previous model.
As with its predecessor, the new i30 N is equipped with a range of high-performance driving features including Rev Matching, Launch Control, Rear stiffness bar, and more.
The new N DCT eight-speed dual clutch transmission enables a range of high-performance driving features, making the new i30 N even more fun to drive.
N DCT is a wet type transmission, meaning that oil is used to cool the clutch components, which creates less friction and allows a higher amount of torque to be transferred through the gearbox. The new transmission option was designed to provide the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission.
Drivers can choose to enter manual mode and shift gears either by using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the gear stick. If the driver decides to use the gear lever instead of the paddles, the gear lever comes with sporty, race-style shifting logic: to downshift, push forward, and to upshift, pull back.
The N DCT enables three new N performance functions for even more driving fun: N Grin Shift, N Power Shift and N Track Sense Shift.
N Grin Shift (NGS) releases maximum power of the engine and transmission for 20 seconds – performance that is sure to bring a grin to the driver’s face. To activate, the driver pushes a button on the steering wheel, and a countdown begins on the cluster showing the remaining seconds for this function.
N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90% of throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. This enhances fun to drive by giving a “push feel” when upshifting.
Finally, N Track Sense Shift (NTS) recognises when the road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving, for example on a racetrack, and activates automatically. By selecting the right gear and shift timing, it provides optimal performance, just like a professional race car driver.
As with the previous generation i30 N, the N Grin Control System gives drivers the choice between five distinct driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. The driving modes adjust the parameters of the engine, the suspension, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), N Corner Carving Differential (Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential), exhaust sound, steering, and transmission to optimise them for a variety of driving conditions. In the N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each of these components to match driving preferences and road conditions.
The lightweight, optimised, five-double-spoke wheels were designed for minimum unsprung mass and high strength. Together, the 19-inch forged alloy wheels are 14.4kg lighter than the current 19-inch casted alloy wheels. Their dark satin grey matte finish, contrasting with the N-specific red brake calipers with N logo, underlines the racing spirit of the car. The new i30 N has also been outfitted with high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tyres, developed especially for the i30 N.
For the first time, the new i30 N comes with the option of N Light Seats, a set of lightweight, high-performance front seats. These uniquely designed monoform high-performance sport seats are 2.2kg lighter than the standard seats. The pronounced bolsters offer excellent lateral support. N Light Seats are made of premium leather and Alcantara materials and come with Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest for a high-quality feeling.
As with its predecessor, the new i30 N features an Electronic Controlled Suspension. The suspension and steering systems have been retuned, resulting in improved ride and handling performance for both transmission types.
Drivers also benefit from the N Corner Carving Differential, an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential (eLSD).
Additionally, for the front brake, disc size has been increased from 345mm to 360mm for a better braking performance.
|2021 i30 N|
|Transmission||6MT or N DCT|
|Max. torque||392 Nm|
|Top speed||250 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||5.4 sec|
2021 i30 N MODEL RANGE AND PRICING
|Engine||Transmission||Body style||i30 N||i30 N Premium||i30 N Premium w/ sunroof|
|2.0 Turbo||6 speed manual||Hatchback||$44,500||$47,500||$49,000|
|8 speed DCT||Hatchback||$47,500||–||$52,000|
Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs