Hyundai has announced pricing and specification details for the second model in its ‘N’ family of performance cars – the i30 Fastback N.
The new model shares the majority of its components with the regular i30 N, but hides them under a slinky, coupe-saloon style body with a lengthened rear aspect and sleek profile. The four-door Fastback features a large ducktail spoiler, but is only 1cm longer than its hatchback cousin. The roofline, meanwhile, is 3cm lower.
There’s only one grade of i30 Fastback N to choose, and it’s generously equipped for its £29,995 starting price. Standard kit includes 19-inch alloy wheels clad in N-specific Pirelli P-Zero tyres, plus an electronic limited-slip differential and adjustable suspension. Torque vectoring aids tidier cornering, and buyers can choose between driving modes via a switch on the steering wheel.
A manual handbrake and six-speed manual gearbox help to up the driver involvement, while clever tech such as launch control and rev-matching make for smoother progress.
All i30 Fastback Ns feature LED headlights and taillights, cruise control, keyless entry and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also N-specific sports seats, performance gauges and a selection of six colours including Shadow Grey, specific to the Fastback N.
Hyundai supplies the Fastback N with the same five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as all of its cars – and impressively, continues to uphold it even if the car is used on track. Order books open for the i30 Fastback N on January 21.
Meanwhile, with the cold weather here it’s worth remembering it’s an offence to leave your car unattended with the engine running – even if you’re doing it to defrost the windscreen.
While leaving a car to defrost with the engine running on a private driveway may not be an offence, it does leave a vehicle at risk of theft. Many insurers are likely to void a claim in this case too, stating that the vehicle has not been left secure.