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The upcoming Hyundai i30 N Fastback has been spied on the roads of Europe, ahead of an anticipated reveal later this year.
It’s no secret the Korean manufacturer wants to expand its performance N line-up, and the four-door coupe version of the i30 looks like the next candidate.
While this development vehicle remains heavily camouflaged, we can see the Fastback will maintain the overall look and shape of the standard car – currently reserved for Europe – with obvious performance additions like aggressive bumpers, larger wheels and brakes, and two fat exhaust pipes poking out the back.
Power is expected to come from the same 2.0-litre turbo four already doing service in the i30 N and Veloster N hatchbacks, likely available in two states of tune – 184kW and 202kW are the current choices, both with 353Nm of torque.
A six-speed manual will be the sole transmission option at launch, sending drive to the front wheels exclusively. Hyundai has already confirmed previously the i30 N will get an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic in 2019.
We’re expecting to see the i30 N Fastback revealed before the end of the year, likely at the Paris motor show in October. Stay tuned for our coverage.
The standard versions of the i30 Fastback aren’t offered in Australia, due to their European production schedule. However, the N version has been earmarked as ‘likely’ for our market.
The ‘likely’ tag is a downgrade from the “locked in” statement we received from Hyundai’s local arm originally, so we’ll have to wait and see.
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