Hyundai i30 N gets agro update, dual-clutch auto for 2021

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Words: Matthew Hansen
16 Sep 2020

Hyundai’s sea of reveals continues. Following on from yesterday’s showcase of the rather edgy new Tucson, the firm has also shown off the first official images of its new i30 N hot hatch.

While the pics are of the somewhat shadowy teaser-like variety, they show a raft of new features. The model unsurprisingly gains the more aggressive grille and V-shaped headlights of the updated standard i30, with matching LED taillights for good measure.

It also gains a new 19-inch forged alloy wheel (saving 14kg of unsprung mass), and a larger diffuser underlined by two larger rear exhaust tips — set to perfectly complement the N’s penchant for making loud gurgling, popping, banging noises on overrun.

The biggest story from the reveal, though, is the confirmation of the model’s first dual-clutch transmission. It gains an eight-speed DCT that’s been tuned specifically for the i30 N.

Like the rest of the performance bits, drivers will be able to choose between individual modes for the transmission.

No performance increases were confirmed in the update, so those of us keen to hear if there’s an improvement on the current 2.0-litre turbofour's 202kW and 378Nm (on overboost) will just need to wait and see.

The model is set to launch in Australia in the first half of 2021, which means we expect it will land here at around the same time.

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