Hot-hatch enthusiasts are in for a treat as Hyundai has finally launched it’s highly anticipated i30 N in South Africa!
The i30 N was revealed back in 2017 and we’ve been itching to drive it on local soil ever since. Thankfully, the long and painful wait is finally coming to an end as Hyundai South Africa prepares to launch its potent hot hatchback in Cape Town this week.
The i30 N will be a tantalising alternative to the competent and much-loved Volkswagen Golf GTI, with the new Golf 8 GTI expected to land in South Africa in Q4 2020.
The i30 N brings some notable firepower to the tar with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol that’s offered in 2 power flavours including a high-power 202 kW version and a de-tuned 184 kW version, both with 353 Nm of torque, which out-powers its Golf GTI rival by a fair margin. It has been confirmed that the 202 kW i30N will be offered in South Africa.
A 6-speed manual transmission lays the power down via the front rubber and you can expect a zero to 100 kph sprint time of 6.1 seconds while the de-tuned version will take 6.4 seconds.
We have yet to see what specification Hyundai South Africa will offer for the i30 N, but we are confident that the car will feature leather sports seats, a 5- or 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and performance-related readouts. We will, however, have more details from the launch, which takes place on the 12-13 February 2020.
Look out for our launch report this week for all the official local details!
Are you looking forward to seeing the i30 N in South Africa?
Hyundai i30 N 202 kW - R679 900