N for Namyang: The 2020 Hyundai i30N is a louder, faster Golf GTI

Hans · Nov 28, 2019 11:22 AM

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  • Priced from RM 298,888
  • Limited to only 20 units, only through Lazada
  • 275 PS and 353 Nm (378 Nm with overboost)
  • 6-speed manual, front wheel drive

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors has launched the highly acclaimed Hyundai i30N in Malaysia. Priced at RM 298,888, imported from Korea.

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The Hyundai i30N is the first Hyundai product in Malaysia to carry Hyundai’s high performance N badge. N for Namyang, the location of Hyundai Motor’s R&D centre in Korea, Hyundai’s N brand is analogous to BMW’s M and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.

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In fact, Hyundai N is headed by ex-BMW M Division’s Albert Biermann, who was formerly the Vice-President for Engineering at Munich’s finest go-faster brand. When he was poached by Hyundai, he took along with him several of BMW M Division’s finest engineers.

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So if the Hyundai i30N drives and sounds more BMW M than today’s BMW M, you know why.

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Currently, there are three core Hyundai N models – i30N, i30N Fastback, and Veloster N. There are also several more milder N-Line models – think of these as Hyundai’s version of M Performance or AMG Line, but with mild power and chassis upgrades.

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Globally, the Hyundai i30N’s 2.0-litre transverse four-cylinder turbocharged and direct injected (T-GDI) petrol engine is available with two power output levels – 250 PS and 275 PS, both 353 Nm, driving the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

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For Malaysia, we are getting the highest specifications 275 PS variant with the full Performance Package, which include:

  • 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero 235/35 tyres
  • Red N brake calipers
  • Larger disc brakes (18-inch front and 17-inch rear)
  • N Corner Carving Differential
  • Variable exhaust valve
  • Faux suede and leather seat
  • Electric front seats
  • 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.

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With 275 PS and being 6-speed manual front-wheel drive, the Hyundai i30N is actually positioned closer to the 310 PS Honda Civic Type R (last sold at RM 330,002) than the 230 PS, 6-speed automatic (DCT) Volkswagen Golf GTI (last sold at RM 247,662), or even the all-wheel drive 290 PS 7-speed automatic (DCT) Volkswagen Golf R (last sold at RM 305,562).

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In fact, the Hyundai i30N has a similar selectable rev-matching function as the Civic Type R.

The Hyundai i30N also adds launch control, adaptive (active) suspension with selectable Normal or Sport mode. The engine and exhaust has three modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport.

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The headlamps are LED with LED daytime running lights.

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Inside, the Hyundai i30N is just as polished as a Golf R, if not better. Interior trimmings and fit and finish are very Volkswagen-like. There’s even a panoramic sunroof.

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The infotainment is an 8-inch touchscreen unit and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It even comes with cruise control, reverse camera, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.

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On top of the seven airbags, ADAS features include lane departure warning and assistance, forward collision avoidance (warning and assist).

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Behind, the boot fits 381 litres of cargo (VDA method). With the seats down, cargo capacity can be expanded to 1,287 litres.

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In Malaysia, the Hyundai i30N will be offered exclusively only on Lazada, as part of the online shopping platform’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale.

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Customers can purchase the Hyundai i30N through Lazada by paying a 50 percent deposit (RM 1,000) of the RM 2,000 booking fee through Lazada’s app, between 2-11 December. Customers who purchased the i30N will also get a complimentary Hyundai N Track Day experience in Seoul.

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The Hyundai i30N is covered by a 5-year/300,000 km warranty. The vehicle is only available for viewing at Hyundai’s 3S Centre in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. 

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Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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