DUE to arrive in showrooms next month, the 2021 i30 N builds on the success of its ground-breaking predecessor, with the introduction of a new wet-type eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT).
The new model also adds new advanced assistance and safety features, providing drivers with a better experience, whether they’re on road or track. It’s also equipped with more lightweight materials, resulting in improved agility and better handling.
The upgraded 2.0-litre turbocharged engine now delivers 206kW. This is an increase of 4kW over the original i30 N and is available with both 6MT and N DCT. Maximum torque has also been increased by 39Nm to 392Nm.
The engine offers flat power, which ensures high responsiveness and improved acceleration. Maximum speed is 250 km/h, and the sprint to 100km/h is now 5.4 secs, an improvement of 0.7 seconds over the previous model.
As with its predecessor, the new i30 N is equipped with a range of high-performance driving features including rev matching, launch control, and a rear stiffness bar, with the N DCT 8-speed dual clutch transmission adding additional features.
N DCT is a wet type transmission, meaning that oil is used to cool the clutch components, which creates less friction and allows a higher amount of torque to be transferred through the gearbox.
Drivers can choose to enter manual mode and shift gears either by using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the gear stick. If the driver decides to use the gear lever instead of the paddles, the gear lever comes with sporty, race-style shifting logic.
The N DCT also enables three new N performance functions, including N Grin Shift, N Power Shift and N Track Sense Shift. The first of these releases maximum power of the engine and transmission for 20 seconds.
o activate, the driver pushes a button on the steering wheel, and a countdown begins on the cluster showing the remaining seconds for this function. N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of throttle.
It’s designed to mitigate any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. This enhances fun to drive by giving a ‘push feel’ when upshifting.
Finally, N Track Sense Shift recognises when road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving, like on a racetrack, and activates automatically. By selecting the right gear and shift timing, it provides optimal performance, just like a professional race car driver.
There are again five distinct driving modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. The driving modes adjust the parameters of the engine, suspension, ESC, the electronic LSD, exhaust sound, steering, and transmission.
In the N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each of these components to match driving preferences and road conditions. The whole package rides on new lightweight 19-inch forged alloy wheels.
Their dark satin grey matte finish, contrasting with the N-specific red brake callipers with N logo, underlines the racing spirit of the car. The new i30 N has also been outfitted with high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tyres, developed especially for the i30 N.
For the first time, the i30 N also comes with the option of N Light Seats, a set of lightweight, high-performance front seats. These uniquely-designed mono-form high-performance sport seats are 2.2kg lighter than the standard seats.
The pronounced bolsters offer excellent lateral support. N Light Seats are made of premium leather and Alcantara materials and come with Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest for a high-quality feeling.
As with its predecessor, the hot hatch features electronic controlled suspension. The suspension and steering systems have been retuned, resulting in improved ride and handling performance for both transmission types.
Additionally for the front brake, disc size has been increased from 345mm to 360mm for a better braking performance.
The base model i30 N will be priced at $44,500 for the manual and $47,500 for the DCT auto. The manual only i30 N Premium is $47,500. Adding the sunroof takes its price to $49,000. The Premium with sunroof spec is also available in DCT, for $52,000.
All prices are plus on-roads.