To Europe, yes. To the US? We hope so.
Hyundai has seemingly received the message from hot hatch fans that the , despite the cool name, is no Ford Focus ST or VW Golf GTI beater. Real hot hatch fans would opt for the Fiesta ST over a any day of the week. But the came out in 2013, before Hyundai poached now former BMW M engineering king Albert Biermann. Today, he’s the guy behind sister brand Kia’s .
Earlier this month, the Europe-only (seriously Hyundai, seriously??) , Biermann’s latest creation, and spoke with him regarding the application future performance tech. The i30 is front-wheel-drive, but is all-wheel-drive even being considered? "We have been testing four-wheel drive," Biermann confirmed. "But there is no plan at the moment to offer an N car with it. Of course we are looking into this. But we are just getting started with the N brand. There are prototypes out there and it is not a big deal to do it." However, if Biermann and crew were to add AWD, then surely there’d be a need for more power, right? Biermann remained noncommittal, but the engineering makes sense.
The i30 N will also only be offered, at least initially, with a six-speed manual. We doubt anyone’s complaining, but what about a fast-shifting dual-clutch or paddle shift automatic? "We are developing such a transmission in Hyundai and we are thinking sooner or later to bring it in to the range." Fortunately, N cars will always have a manual option, Biermann confirmed. What this all means is that there are lots more possibilities for the i30 N and, hopefully, the US market will one day soon benefit from them as well.