Power for the front-wheel-drive warm hatch comes from a turbocharged version of the existing 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ GDI petrol engine.
Hyundai says it wanted to produce a “powerful but not aggressive” engine with a “focus on driver enjoyment, not simply performance figures”.
The engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, generates 183bhp at 5500rpm and 195lb ft from 1500-4500rpm. Hyundai quotes a 0-62mph time of 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 136mph.
This hot i30 will face competition from hatchbacks such as Peugeot's warmer 308 and the Kia Proceed GT.
The i30 Turbo’s suspension has been retuned for more dynamic handling, the steering has been made more direct and the model is equipped with 18in alloy wheels and tyres. It is fitted with 300mm ventilated brake discs at the front, and 284mm solid discs at the rear.
The car has a host of design tweaks to differentiate it from standard i30 derivatives. It has a different grille, red detailing on the front and rear bumpers, a new design of front LEDs and twin exhaust tailpipes. Bi-xenon headlights also feature as standard.
The cabin has a black headlining, sports front seats, a bespoke instrument cluster and contrasting red detailing on the steering wheel, gearknob and door trims.
The new sporty variant headlines an overhaul of the i30 three years after it was launched in Europe. Across the line-up there are tweaks to the styling, more efficient engines, a new transmission and additional safety features and technology.
The car’s basic exterior dimensions are unchanged, and the 378-litre boot capacity is unaltered. While the i30’s bodyshell, wheelbase and track are also the same, Hyundai’s chassis engineers were tasked with improving the ride and handling balance, while also enhancing refinement.
The manufacturer claims the revised car is quieter inside. The electric power steering system has been upgraded for more precise steering and improved handling.
The i30 receives a new design of hexagonal grille that brings it into line with Hyundai’s other recent models, such as the i20. It also gets a new design of wheel trim on cars equipped with 15in wheels and new alloys on cars with bigger wheel sizes.
Safety features and other technology first introduced on the Hyundai i40 and Genesis have filtered down to the i30. It now has a lane-departure warning system in addition to cruise control, sat-nav with a 7.0in touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, RDS radio/CD with MP3, iPod, Aux and USB support and a six-speaker audio system.
The i30’s range of engines – all of which are Euro 6-compliant – has been revised. Buyers will have a choice a 1.6-litre diesel in two states of tune: either 108bhp or 134bhp.
The two diesels and the 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol are offered with the option of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which replaces the previous six-speed torque-converter automatic. The new gearbox offers fully automatic operation or sequential manual gear changes.
The new i30 features fuel-saving technologies including engine stop-start, low rolling resistance tyres, an alternator management system and a drag-reducing ‘active air flap’ in the front grille.