Hyundai is on the threshold of a territory that it has never entered before. With former BMW M boss Albert Biermann taking over as executive vice president and head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development, the brand aims to take on the Germans with its ‘N’ sub brand. This week, Hyundai fielded a few of its ‘N’ cars at the Nürburgring 24-hours race, but what caught our spy snapper’s attention is this prototype of the Hyundai i30 fastback, which also did a few rounds of the ‘Ring.

Here, we get a closer look than before at the fastback, which looks a bit like the BMW 3 Series GT, and promises to be more practical than the regular i30. However, practicality isn’t going to be its strongest point. Aimed at a relatively young clientele, the i30 Fastback will not be lacking in performance or driving dynamics. While the version here is likely to be powered by a 1.6-liter turbo engine, we expect a full-fledged ‘N’ badged version to be introduced with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that’s good for 275bhp. This could be coupled with the eight-speed dual clutch transmission that Hyundai is working on.