A hot hatch version of the new Hyundai i30 is under evaluation. It would be based on the new three-door model, which is due to go on sale at the end of 2012.
Hyundai Europe boss Allan Rushforth confirmed the plan is being discussed, saying the car would likely be developed from the firm's European base and have sportier styling than the five-door hatch.
It is most likely to be powered by a turbocharged 1.6, as sister firm Kia has already said it will build a hot Cee'd with the unit, producing around 200bhp.
A Hyundai Veloster coupe powered by a 201bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre engine will go on sale midway through 2012.