The hot-hatchback segment is hotter than it’s ever been, and Hyundai has been trying to get a piece of the action since releasing the Veloster in the 2012 model year. The initial Veloster wasn’t nearly hot enough to compete, but it got closer in 2013 with the introduction of the Veloster Turbo. However, close isn’t good enough, and Hyundai obviously recognizes this, as reports indicate that it is set to debut a 300-horsepower hot-hatch at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
This new i30, which Hyundai’s newly formed N performance arm is working on, will reportedly use the turbocharged 2.0-liter from the mid-engine RM15 concept. This will inject a healthy 300 ponies and 295 pound-feet of twist into the small hatchback, which sits on the same platform as the U.S.-spec Elantra.
The report goes on to claim that this hot i30 will also come standard with all-wheel drive, which the brand scavenged from its rally-racing program. If this part of the report turns out to be true, then the Focus RS and the VW Golf R may have even more reason for concern.
Reports indicate that production is a near certainty, and that it’ll initially aim at Europe – primarily the U.K, France, and Germany – due to its demand for fast five-door cars. The report also indicates that this N-tuned i30 will not make it to U.S. shores, but that shouldn’t be a surprise, given the i30 isn’t available here.
If this hot hatch is received well in Europe, this would increase the chances of us getting an N-tuned version of the Elantra and other models, which we would welcome with open arms.
We should have more details for you soon, as the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show kicks off its press days on September 17.