rent car Marrakech HYUNDAI I30 N

Let's recap: Hyundai is full of ambition. This year, in addition to the i30 Wagon, Fastback and their new SUV, the Kona, the brand also presents for the first time in its history, a "hot hatch". A real bomb because no one but BMW M's former boss, Albert Biermann, has developed this i30 N.

Nürburgring

It is therefore not a preparation to hurry, where the car is decked with explicit stickers, a kit of lowered suspensions and more sporty rims. No, this model is the first in the N department that designs cars in Namyang, Korea, and then settle on the German circuit Nürburgring. Either, twice N.

Two versions

Treatment N begins under the hood. We find the 2.0 T-GDI 4-cylinder, which is here offered in two power variants: 250 or 275 horsepower, a power each time reached 6,000 rpm. Both versions develop exactly the same torque: 353 Nm, or even 378 Nm with overboost. This value is available between 1,450 and 4,000 rpm for the 250 horsepower version and up to 4,700 rpm for the 275 horsepower model. Numbers ? From 0 to 100 km / h in respectively 6.4 and 6.1 seconds and a top speed limited to 250 km / h.

Performance Pack

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. On the 275 horsepower version, an electronic differential helps traction. This model is also offered with the "Performance Pack" which includes large wheels (19 inches against 18 inches) with wider tires for more grip and sharpness, and a sport exhaust for more sensations.

Benefit-oriented

The suspensions of the 250 hp version lower the body of 4 mm, against 8 mm for the 275 hp version. The N department engineers have done their utmost to keep this body under control: it has been stiffened in many ways and the "Performance Pack" still receives additional reinforcement in the trunk. Electronically controlled damping and larger brakes and optimized cooling complete the chassis part.

In search of the limits

For this first grip, Hyundai had booked for us the circuit of Zolder, so that we can approach the limits of the car safely. The first thing that surprises: the various controls are finally calibrated as they should be. The engineers from the N department managed to eliminate the somewhat vague feeling of the direction of the standard i30 and exchanged it for more precision and consistency. The box has also been reinforced and sees its long deflections exchanged for short and dry movements, which, with the heavier clutch pedal, creates a sportier atmosphere.

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All of this results in a very precise i30 N, with the sharp front end and the rear end always following cleanly. The self-locking differential pulls the nose towards the rope of the turn, which allows to put very quickly the gases. If you brake very hard, the Hyundai remains stable. The rear end never becomes light or nervous: the whole is always controlled. Adhesion losses are also controlled, even if to get there, you have to cause this i30 N. The laps on the Nürburgring have paid off ...

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On the public road

For the road, Hyundai offers five different driving modes, from "Eco" to "Normal", through "Sport" and "N", as well as a customizable mode "N Custom". All affect throttle response, damping, steering consistency and ESP. On the versions with the "Performance Pack", this also influences the differential lock and sports exhaust. Good to know: a button "rev" on the steering wheel gives a little gas between reports, downshift. But of course you do not have to always roll the knife between your teeth: on the "Eco" and "Normal" modes, the i30 N can be driven like any other classic i30, even if the damping could have been more tolerant.

Recognizable

In the cockpit, those who are familiar with the i30 will be here in known terrain. The differences are limited to a sports steering wheel with two big buttons for driving modes, a big shift knob and excellent seats. If you prefer a discreet dress, know that this i30 N does not do too much on the outside: red inserts on the lip of the front spoiler and the rear diffuser, a roof spoiler with a triangular brake light, a double Exhaust and some logos N. Oh yes, there are also specific rims and brake calipers painted red.

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