Hyundai N Concept RN30 will spawn a potential hot hatch rival for the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Ford Focus ST
Despite Ford, Volvo, Aston Martin, Bentley and Lamborghini skipping the upcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show, the South Korean automaker Hyundai is one the primary companies to have a significant presence in the French motoring exhibition. With plenty of new products to see in the show, Hyundai will be unveiling two important cars.
One is the updated version of the i10 compact hatchback with lot of significance for the Indian market as well as the new generation i30. But Hyundai won’t be settled with those two models as more has been expected from the brand. It will take the centre stage when the N Concept RN30 gets introduced on the show floor in less than a week’s time.
Hyundai has already previewed the N Concept RN30 and with the nomenclature it can be taken as the performance version of the i30. The design study will ultimately lead into the hot hatch version of the upcoming generation i30. With loads of WRC expertise, the vehicle is developed in conjunction with the brand’s European technical centre and the performance ‘N’ sub-brand.
In fact, the hotter version will be closely aligned with the standard i30 and is the first road-going machine born out of the performance division. It will have an aggressive look, low-slung and sportier stance and wider appearance. It is likely to be powered by a rally-prepped 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing over or close to 300 horsepower with substantial amounts of torque.
It could be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox with quick shifting or automatic transmission sending most of the power to the rear wheels. The production version is expected to take on the likes of Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI in the hot hatchback global segment. With the production version expected by the end of next year or in the beginning of 2018, it will interesting to see how the N Concept RN30 will look like at the Paris show.