Promoted: Hyundai i30 N - How It Makes You Feel

The Hyundai i30 N has been designed to deliver a driving experience that is engaging and fun on the road, and absolutely thrilling when you've got the no-holds-barred expanse of a race track to play with.

But what does that actually mean behind the wheel? Can we prove that the i30 N - which was declared a Game Changer in the 2018 Autocar Awards - delivers a driving experience that delights to the Nth degree? The only way to answer that is with a bit of science. Which is why we took the i30 N, a group of PistonHeads hot-hatch enthusiasts and a sports scientist to the tight, twisty Anglesey Circuit in North Wales.

Our task: to measure the physiological effect of driving the i30 N, and explain how every press of the throttle excites body and mind - a case of finding out if RPM truly does raise BPM. The results were impressive. Our PistonHeaders' heart-rates doubled - sometimes topping 160bpm - and their verdict on the i30 N was just as breathless.


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Developed on the track
With a 2.0-litre turbo engine that delivers up to 275PS and 353Nm of torque, in-car adjustable Electronically Controlled Suspension, and an advanced Electronic Limited Slip Differential that was specially engineered by Hyundai for N Performance models, there's lots of conversation-worthy tech under the i30 N's eye-catchingly sleek skin.

On-track testing was key to the i30 N's development. It was born at Namyang, Hyundai's R&D facility in South Korea, and honed at the Nurbrurgring, with over 420 laps of the 13-mile Nordschleife - the equivalent of 110,000 miles of severe driving - in just four weeks.

In 2016, the i30 N competed in the Nurburgring 24 Hours - one of the world's toughest endurance races - and it has since gone on to win races in the 2017 TCR International Series and the TCR Trophy Europe. "From the first lap, the i30 N was easy to drive on the limit," said Swiss touring car ace Alain Menu.

Delivering the fun factor
Inside the i30 N, there are lots of track-friendly features that add the fun factor. A five-LED shift indicator lets you know the best times to change gear, while the active variable exhaust on N Performance trims lets you experience the full range of crackles and pops from the twin-pipe exhaust. There's even a track-focused launch control feature for optimum 0-60mph times.

Rev-matching helps ensure smoother, more efficient downshifts without the need to heel-and-toe, while all elements of the i30 N - including suspension stiffness, throttle response, stability control and steering weight - can be adjusted with five drive modes, ranging from Eco, Normal and Sport for on-road driving, to N and the fully customisable N Custom for the track.

All added together - and given the ultimate test by our PistonHeads hot hatch fans and a bit of human science - we'd like to think we've proved that the i30 N truly delivers fun to the Nth degree.

Read more about the i30 N on PistonHeads here.





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  • Nersha 17 May 2018

    Should I believe anything in this article considering it's a paid for advert?

  • culpz 17 May 2018

    No promotion required really, it looks like a cracker of a car!

  • JustADay 17 May 2018

    As much as I like the look of this car (to the point of seriously considering buying one) this sort of article really puts me off. I understand websites need to make money and manufacturers need to sell cars but something as cringe-worthy as this just irks for some reason.

  • Mr Teddy Bear 17 May 2018

    Ugly and overweight and there are some dodgy radiators around for those things, very annoying when you've ordered one for a Rover............don't buy vehicle spares from people who sell oil[hint].

  • DanielSan 17 May 2018

    Nersha said:
    Should I believe anything in this article considering it's a paid for advert?
    If it helps none of us were paid to be there to have a go in it and all had taken days off work to go upto Anglesey....

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