Most of the higher end car makers have their own performance division to create insane versions of cars in their lineups. Mercedes have the AMG division and BMW goes with M-Performance. In Japan, Nismo is the tuner for Nissan and TRD is for Toyota. Now, Hyundai has established its own performance division called N-Performance. The first car in the N-Performance stable is the RN30 concept and is a preview of a production model set for next year called the i30N.
The Hyundai RN30 Concept car is based on the i30 hot hatch.
Looking under the bonnet, you’ll find a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine churning out 374bhp and 333 lb-ft of torque. The engine has forged pistons to handle the massive power. The output of this engine is equal to the i20 rally car used by Hyundai in the World Rally Championships. The powerful engine is paired with an 8-speed wet type dual-clutch transmission and all wheel drive. There are no performance figures yet but to give you an idea of how fast it can go, the i20 WRC rally car can accelerate to 62mph from a standstill in under 4 seconds and has a top speed of 140mph. That’s quick for a small hatchback.
Hyundai was not contented with the insane engine and added a mean looking body kit to match. There is also the cool looking butterfly doors. The extra large roof spoiler is joined to the body by a floating C-Pillar. The wheel arches are vented and wider by 30mm and the car’s suspension has been dropped lower by 84mm. The 19inch rims, ceramic exhaust tips, painted tire walls and the techno looking graphics all add to the aggressive look of the RN30. The aerodynamic package in the RN30 consists of the front and rear splitters, fixed roof spoiler and rear diffusers.
N-Performance also added a lot of tech into the RN30 concept.
There is a torque vectoring and electronic differential system to channel power to the wheels that need it. The body panels use high-performance plastics instead of carbon fibre. The electronic variable exhaust system brings the noise that we all love.
The interior is much more function over fashion with the racing seats and roll cage. The only fun bits inside the car are the two gimbal mounted cameras to record all the racing that the RN30 will do.
The RN30 concept will not go into production but is the test bed for the i30N which has been confirmed for production in 2017. Now, who wouldn’t be excited with the i30N when you look at the RN30? Stay tuned for more news about the RN30, i30N and the N-Performance division.
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