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New Hyundai i30 Fastback N extends hot hatch appeal

Published: 02 October 2018

► New i30 Fastback N
► The second N hot hatch
► Same as i30 N, but longer

Hyundai has added another model to its hottest N line-up – not to be confused with its new lukewarm N-Line. Called the i30 Fastback N, the new car is exactly what it sounds like; a fire-breathing version of the standard, swoopier i30 Fastback, and will be released in both standard and Performance models like the i30 N before it – though the UK will only get the latter.

The new Hyundai i30 Fastback N was shown at the 2018 Paris motor show, where we pored all over it. We were impressed by the longer boot, whose extended tailgate affords more space to lug family clobber. 

Overall, the faster Fastback bodes well, adding a (slightly) more mature string to the bubbly N's bow.

Does the i30 Fastback N look much different?

The changes to the standard i30 Fastback are rather formulaic, and its design follows the same cues as Hyundai’s first hot hatch. That means a new N Grille, revised, more aggressive front and rear bumpers – and that subtle red N stripe, too.

And underneath?

The Fastback N will use the same 2.0-litre turbocharged unit as the i30 N, and we’re told it’ll put out 271bhp in Performance spec (the only one coming to the UK). It'll be capable of 260lb ft of torque and a likely-limited 155mph top-speed, though an overboost function will bring torque up to 279lb ft.

Expect a 0-60mph time of just 6.1 seconds, and the same configurable driving settings as seen on the i30 N.

But despite its increased performance and sportier looks inside and out, Hyundai says the Fastback N is still just practical as the car on which its based, and states a 450-litre boot capacity that grows to 1351 litres when the seats are folded flat.

We don’t have a price or release date for the new i30 Fastback N, but we’ll update this article when we do.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast