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How to turn your Hyundai i30 N up to 11

Published: 02 October 2018

► Hyundai i30 N Option
► New styling pack launched
► How to max your i30 hot hatch

Ever worry your Hyundai i30 N hot hatchback isn’t quite hot enough? Well, this new N Option styling kit unveiled at the 2018 Paris motor show could be just the ticket, lending a degree more visual menace to Korea’s feted pocket rocket.

The Hyundai i30 N Option is a concept car for now, according to the manufacturer, presenting a well developed look at what a racier version could look like. It was unveiled alongside the more elegant go-faster i30 Fastback N, also making its world premiere at the Mondial de l’Auto.

The 2018 Paris motor show: our full guide

What’s new on the i30 N Option?

Hyundai says there are 25 different upgrades made to the show car, both inside and out.

Huge rear wing for Hyundai i30 N Option pack

Some are easy to pick out - witness the Boeing-spec carbonfibre rear wing and vented composite bonnet - whereas others are mechanical tweaks or more subtle interior changes.

Buyers will soon be able to spec 20-inch cast alloy wheels with track-ready semi-slick Cup tyres for more grip in corners. Handy for track days. Note also the red character line picking out the grille on this concept car, whose exhaust is bolstered by four chunky pipes.

Hyundai i30 N Option interior equipment and spec

Alcantara interior trim, sports pedals and a stubbier gearlever (above) complete the visual makeover.

Max Power ahoy! When can I buy the tuned Hyundai i30 N Option pack?

The personalisation scheme will launch ‘in the near future,’ says Hyundai. Count on the scheme going live in the next few months, with the full programme showroom ready by summer 2019, CAR understands.

Hyundai i30 N Option personalisation programme at the 2018 Paris motor show

If your funds run deep enough, you’ll be able to go the full hog and order a car like the one pictured here, but the personalisation programme will also let you mix and match different styling elements to create your bespoke i30 N.

Just goes to show that personalisation is the name of the game nowadays, as manufacturers offer punters ever pricier ways to upgrade their cars. The thing is, we reckon the i30 N is just about perfect straight out of the box...

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet