Hyundai is sending the i30 Fastback N off in style.
The i30 Fastback N Limited Edition will be priced at $49,000 before on-roads with a manual or $52,000 with a dual-clutch auto, and is a last hurrah for the Fastback N before it’s replaced in the Hyundai range by the i30 Sedan N.
This is not the Fastback N we’ve come to know – it’s the facelifted model being introduced in Europe.
That means it gets a new nose, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a new infotainment system, along with some new options.
It won’t be coming to Australia full-time. This Limited Edition is it for the Fastback, and just 500 are bound for our shores.
Standard equipment will include:
- N Light Seats
- 19-inch forged alloy wheels
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation
- Wireless phone charging
- 360mm front brake discs
- 4.2-inch colour trip computer
- Dual-zone climate control
- Heated front seats, steering wheel
- Power-folding exterior mirror
- Keyless entry and start
- Auto-dimming interior mirror
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane-following assist
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Reversing camera
- Rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights
Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 206kW and 392Nm, sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronic differential.
The same tune is used in the new i30 N hatchback. The 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 5.4 seconds.
Premium paint is a $495 option, and a panoramic glass sunroof will set you back $1500.
The Fastback N is being discontinued in Australia because it’s built in the Czech Republic, and hasn’t achieved the same cut-through as its hatchback sibling.
Its replacement, the i30 Sedan N, will be built in Korea.
Not only does it have the benefit of having a more conventional body than the four-door-coupe Fastback, it’s easier and more affordable for Hyundai to source.
The i30 Sedan N is one of four N models touching down in Australia in the second half of 2021.
Along with the facelifted i30 N hatchback, the Sedan will join the Kona N SUV and the i20 N pocket rocket that goes head-to-head with the Ford Fiesta ST.
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