The Hyundai i30 N, Hyundai’s impressive performance i30, will get a dual-clutch auto option and more power with a 2020 facelift.
The Hyundai i30 N has been something of a revelation, with Hyundai managing, with its first effort at a performance hatch, to match, and even exceed, the long-standing competition.
But the i30 N offering is quite limited – although there is now an i30 Fastback N too – with just a performance option and a standard manual gearbox.
But more than two years ago we reported that although the i30N would only get a manual to start with, Hyundai were planning to deliver an i30 N with DCT ‘box as the model matures, and a bit more power too.
We thought that would happen by this year, but now, speaking to Car Advice, Albert Biermann – Hyundai N boss – has revealed that the i30 N will be getting a bit of a tweak for 2020, and most of what we were expecting this year will be on offer.
That means the arrival of a DCT ‘box option for the i30N – which will broaden its appeal substantially – and more power. Not a huge amount, mind you, but enough to be welcome it seems.
When the eight-speed wet double-clutch comes, we will crank a little bit more power out of it. When we add the double-clutch transmission that will have a strong impact on the i30 N, because it is not a normal automatic transmission, this is something really special.
Which sounds intriguing.