Now this is a little confusing. While this Hyundai i30 N - the N 'N Option', no less - previews a harder, faster, firmer performance flagship for the i30, this isn't that car. Instead it is a concept that "gives a first glimpse of how Hyundai's high performance offer could evolve." So there's something coming that looks like this car, has features also included in this car and has this car's name, but isn't this car - got it?
That said, if the N Option that arrives does resemble this car, then it looks like hot hatch buyers are in for an absolute treat. Hyundai says the car showcases 25 different options for both interior and exterior, the aim to offer customisation "to driving enthusiasts who want to make their car more unique." Yes, we don't like that phrase either, but there are some very interesting additions on that options list.
Those 20-inch wheels are lightweight and use Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres - yes, the same as used on a McLaren Senna. While a larger wheel might prove worrisome for those with experience of the i30's fairly unforgiving ride on 19s, it could be that a reduction in unsprung mass might improve the situation. Maybe. Moreover, the larger rear wing and the bonnet are carbon, and the paint scheme is said to be unique to this car. While nothing has been announced, the brakes on this car certainly look larger than on a regular i30 N, too.
It all looks rather promising, and continues inside. There's Alcantara everywhere, bucket seats, racy red stripes and plentiful carbon trim. Probably too much carbon trim, truth be told, but there's a lot to be encouraged by.
The implication from this N Option release is that buyers will be able to pick and choose the extras that suit them and their intentions best; it could be just the body accessories, or the wheel and tyre combo, or some interior customisation. That's not confirmed just yet though, and Hyundai is no more specific than "the near future" for the Options Pack's availability, but rest assured we'll keep you updated when there's more progress...