Hyundai is on a roll these days. As part of its multipronged strategy to take on European, American and Japanese rivals, it has floated the new Genesis brand, which will compete in the luxury class, while with the high performance N sub-brand, it has its sights set ambitiously on the likes of M, AMG, Renaultsport etc. We knew the first product will be a tuned version of the i30 hatchback, but Hyundai has confirmed that the hot-hatch will debut in concept form at the Paris motor show later this week. The Korean carmaker has also released a teaser image of the concept, dubbed the RN30.
Promising to “deliver passion and pleasure on the track for everybody,” the RN 30 is based on the latest generation Hyundai i30, which was revealed a couple of weeks ago, and has been developed jointly by Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division.
“This is an insight into how Hyundai’s global technical resources can create a truly thrilling driver’s car, and a testament to the already superb engineering of the New Generation i30 that underpins the project,” said Mike Song, head of Operations for Hyundai in Africa and the Middle East. “It also previews some of the qualities that will be built into the planned ‘N’ models, which will offer a new level of excitement for enthusiasts.”
Although from the teaser you can see family resemblances to other current models in Hyundai’s line-up, including the hexagonal grille and the headlight design, there are tell-tale signs of a high performance machine in the form of a front splitter, wider fenders, large wheels, and a lower, wider stance.
Aimed at cars like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Ford Focus RS, the i30 N, as the production car will likely be called, is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-pot that will churn out at least 250bhp.
We’ll bring you more details and photos directly from the show floor next week.