From Hyundai, we’ve heard a lot of talk about plans for building performance car models in recent times. It now looks like American and other Hyundai enthusiasts won’t be having to wait any longer for the South Korean company’s N Division to release its first offering for the performance market segment.
Although the soon-to- be-released Hyundai i30N isn’t set for the US market, according to the information we can gather from Albert Biermann -- Hyundai’s N Division’s CEO -- it’s safe to assume that its half-sibling, the Elantra, will definitely be hitting the homes of American buyers.
If this happens, then the car will be the first performance car model getting the N treatment to reach the American market. Also set for America for the first time, with this car, is a version of the Hyundai i30N’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder super-turbo.
In South Korea, the Elantra is currently sold as the Avante. Being the latest model in both the US and the South Korean markets for the Asian auto giant, the Elantra/Avante is arguably the most worthy N treatment recipient to date.
Biermann, who’s also Hyundai’s overall product development head, scoffed at their competitors’ obsession with setting a new record time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for their new front-wheel-drive auto models, making a confirmation that his company won’t be trying to reach for such a benchmark with the Hyundai i30N.
The Hyundai N Division boss also confirmed that the South Korean manufacturer is currently working on the continued upgrading of the all-wheel-drive, super-performance i30 that Hyundai had hinted at with their RN30 concept, though for now he won’t say anything about its production plans. However, a number of powertrain options are currently being considered, including one that sounds similar to the torque-vectoring rear axle in the Focus RS.
Biermann says that Hyundai looks at all types of solutions, even talking to suppliers like American auto giant Ford does, adding that they always want their customers to feel that they’re getting strong value for their money and that they’re buying the very best.