Hyundai i30 N Fastback spied testing in colder climes

Our spy photographers have photographed a Hyundai i30 N Fastback being put through its paces in winter testing.

Pictures have emerged of the forthcoming Hyundai i30 N Fastback undergoing winter testing before it hits showrooms either later this year or early in 2019. Although heavily disguised, these images reveal enough to confirm that this high-performance version of the recently revealed five-door machine that combines hatchback practicality with some sleek coupe styling cues.

Based on the same underpinnings as the standard i30 N, the Fastback is likely to be the third model to come from Hyundai’s ambitious and sporty N sub-brand (the second is the Veloster N, which is unlikely to make it to the UK). Developed under the watchful eye of former BMW M supremo Albert Biermann, the Fastback is likely to sit a little higher up the pecking order than the hatchback, with rumours suggesting that the turbocharged 2.0-litre will have around 300bhp, which is 29bhp more than the current i30 N Performance Pack.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

> Hyundai i30 N review

Information is still thin on the ground, but these images suggest that the Fastback could be a slightly more grown-up proposition, despite its possible power increase. The classy looking alloy wheels hide red brake calipers, plus there are deeper side skirts and twin-exit exhausts, but there are no signs of any wild aerodynamic additions. That said, the fabric disguise covering the bonnet features a pair of mesh panels, suggesting the Fastback could feature a vented bonnet.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

It’s impossible to tell what changes have been made mechanically, but given it’s based on the i30 N hatchback, you can expect the same specification, which runs to adaptive dampers and a wide range of settings for the steering, throttle and suspension. Given that it’ll likely have more power, the Fastback will almost certainly get the clever electronically controlled locking differential from the current Performance-equipped machines.  

Other carry-over features should include the rev-match system that matches engine, gearbox and road speed to deliver an automatic blip of the throttle during downshifts, plus the N shortcut key that allows you to access your favourite combination of dynamic settings at the touch of a button.

No prices have been revealed for the i30 N Fastback, but given its increased performance it could be up to £1000 more than the hatch when it finally goes on sale either late this year or early in 2019.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/hyundai/i30/n
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N review - a great first try at hot hatch heroics

25 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

20 Sep 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

19 Jul 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/15095/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps10000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £10,000 – evo garage

The evo team picks their favourite used performance cars
1 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/cla/202850/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-shooting-brake-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake review

Good looks and stonking performance, if you can stomach the price tag
4 Jul 2020
Visit/skoda/202145/full-2020-skoda-octavia-vrs-engine-range-detailed
Skoda Octavia vRS

Full 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS engine range detailed

Skoda’s engine range for the Octavia vRS topped by a 242bhp turbo petrol
3 Jul 2020
Visit/dodge/challenger/202845/2021-dodge-challenger-srt-super-stock-revealed
Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock revealed

The ancient Dodge Challenger lives on in new 807bhp widebody form – makes a Shelby GT500 look like a pedal car
3 Jul 2020