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Hyundai RN30 Concept teased

The Hyundai RN30 Concept has been teased ahead of its global reveal on 29th September at the Paris Motor Show.

THE HYUNDAI RN30 CONCEPT has been teased ahead of its reveal at the Paris Motor Show next week. With styling inherited from the new-generation i30, the RN30 Concept, according to Hyundai, “is developed to deliver passion and pleasure on the track for everybody”.

The RN30 is based off the new i30 and was conceived as a racer, said Hyundai, but when it said racer, you should hear hot hatch. The RN30 Concept was developed with input from Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division.

The RN30 Concept will become the first vehicle from Hyundai’s N division and will aim to take on the likes of the Peugeot 308 GTi. No figures have been revealed, but the RN30 will run a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that Hyundai put through its paces back in May at the Nurburgring 24-hour race.

Speaking ahead of that race, Hyundai’s N division boss, Albert Biermann (former BMW M engineer) said the i30 N which the R30N Concept will become, won’t be the fastest or most powerful in its segment, but rather that it will aim to deliver driving fun. That means, he said, we can expect feelsome mechanical steering, modified suspension and retuned ABS to suit the grippy tyres it’ll get and a new transmission.

Question: Do you think the i30 N will be able to cut it, right out of the box, with the more established players – let’s not forget it’s gathered a team of engineers from performance brands, like BMW M.

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