2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N unveiled, confirmed for Australia

September 26, 2018

Hyundai has pulled the wraps off the brand new Hyundai i30 Fastback N, coming in as the company’s third N performance sub-brand model next to the i30 N and Veloster N.

The car has been revealed in European specification, featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing either 184kW or 202kW. Both develop 353Nm and offer an overboost function for short periods to provide up to 378Nm.

With the 184kW tune the Fastback N can accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 6.4 seconds, with the 202kW tune covering it in a claimed 6.1 seconds. Both have a top speed of 250km/h, and come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with front-wheel drive. Fuel economy averages range from 7.0L/100km for the 184kW version and 7.1L/100km for the 202kW.

Like the i30 N, the Fastback N comes with all the fruit, including performance brakes, a crackling twin-muffler sports exhaust, and sports suspension. There’s also a subtle aero kit featuring a neat rear spoiler, diffuser, and front lip, while the driver can select between Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom driving modes.

Based on the i30 Fastback, the new model showcases the same four-door coupe silhouette. This layout provides sedan-like practicality with the convenience of a hatch tailgate at the back. Under which you’ll find a 450L boot, expandable to 1351L with the rear seats folded down (up from 381L/1287L in the i30 N hatchback).

Speaking of the interior, the front passengers are treated to bespoke bucket seats with contrast red stitching, while the driver plays with a sports steering wheel and gear shifter that are also stitched together with contrast thread. Up on the dash is Hyundai’s latest 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface packing in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Hyundai Australia confirms the i30 Fastback N will go on sale locally during the first quarter of 2019. However, like the i30 N hatch, we suspect only the 202kW will be offered here. Hey, we’re not complaining.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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