MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Here’s the long-awaited new Hyundai i30 N Project C.
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Pray silence for the latest combatant in the hot-hatch civil war, the limited edition Project C version of the Hyundai i30 N. The Project C takes its name from the Korean firm’s high-performance testing facility back home; spicily called ‘development area C.’ Doesn’t quite have the same ring as the Nurburgring or Nardo, now does it? Nevertheless, the car that has resulted in Project C guise looks and sounds pretty spectacular.
Lighter, lower and more dynamic than the already brilliant i30 N, Project C is limited to just 600 units and brings with it additional carbon fibre trim, lots of alcantara leather bits to the interior and upsized 19-inch alloy wheels to further enhance the already staunch pocket-rocket stance.
No power or performance upgrades were deemed necessary, and with 202 kW on tap, a six-speed manual and electronic limited-slip differential up front, there isn’t exactly loads of room for improvement. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 6.0 sec and the top speed is 250 km/h +.
Hyundai’s local South African distributor says there’s no business case just yet for bringing the high-performance N range into the country, but when the time is right and the price is right, you can bet your bottom dollar the Nth degree will make an appearance, to give Volkswagen Golf GTIs sleepless nights no doubt.
It’s also just been confirmed that early next year 30 regular i30 N units will be coming to South Africa, the only thing is that all have already found homes.