Here in the U.S., we’ve become accustom to less expensive automakers, like sister brands Hyundai and Kia, coming with lower-priced tires. For example, I recently had a 2017 Forte5 SX as a press car, and it had Nexen tires on it. Apparently, Hyundai isn’t about to push its luck and throw cheap shoes under its first true performance model, the i30 N.
Instead, the i30 N will go the complete opposite direction, as it will feature a set of specially made Pirelli P Zero rubber. This tire follows Pirelli’s “perfect fit” philosophy where it specially crafts the tire to meet the specific needs for the automaker and car it’s underneath.
Signifying these 235/35R19 tires’ exclusive nature will be the “HN” stamped on the sidewall of each one. This symbol shows they were specifically crafted for the Hyundai Performance N sub-brand.
Sadly, it looks like these wonderful slabs of rubber will not grace our roads here in the U.S., as it appears the i30 N will not spawn an Elantra N… yet. Stay tuned, though, as this could change at any time. It would be pretty sweet to see an Elantra with 275 PS (271 horsepower) and 353 Nm (260 pound-feet) of torque zipping around here in the U.S.
Until it happens, I will continue holding my breath…