Hyundai RN30 concept previews i30N Plus production hot hatch that will rival the Ford Focus RS with 375 bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine
Amidst loads of anticipation, Hyundai has broken the covers off the RN30 concept at the ongoing Paris Motoring exhibition. With power output of 375 bhp, the performance-based production version will more likely give a hard time against the likes of the popular Ford Focus RS hot hatch. Debuted alongside the i20 WRC car, the RN30 concept has been developed by Hyundai’s Motorsport arm, the performance N sub-brand and the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center.
The resulted concept is one of the most aggressive we have ever witnessed from Hyundai and is personally a favourite from what we have seen so far in the wild Paris show. The RN30 concept will give rise to a production version named as i30N Plus which will be positioned above the sportier i30N. The South Korean manufacturer will be introducing the much-hyped N performance-brand through the i30N Plus as the RN30 concept gives us definitive direction towards how the production-spec car will look like.
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If the road-going version is half as good as the concept in terms of looks, we don’t see no reason why Hyundai cannot keep its heads held up high. Predicted to arrive in overseas markets next year, the RN30 gets power from a 2.0-litre engine tuned specially for N brand. It boasts enlarged turbo and uses forged internal performance parts to pump out 375 bhp and 333 lb-ft torque.
Power is fed to all four wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission. For high-levels of performance, rev matching tech for awe-inspiring driving experience, Electronic Variable Exhaust that only gets louder and electronic limited-slip differential for confident cornering by supplying more torque will be incorporated.
At 84 mm lower and 30 mm wider than the standard i30, the RN30 concept features motorsport-derived elements like wider wheel arches known as floating fenders, side skirts and front splitters for better airflow into the engine and increased downforce. The huge rear wing, centrally-mounted exhausts and large rear diffuser are designed to keep the back-end planted at high speeds and cornering.
The elegant fin in the middle runs to the spoiler as the hatchback sits on 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Up front, with dramatic hood duct, the newest cascading grille with sporty touches has been retained along with LED Daytime Running Lights. Hyundai partnered with BASF for production of lighter carbonfibre materials used in the RN30. The largely stripped out interior has low-mounted bucket seat and roll cage for safety and handling.