Hyundai has confirmed the i30 Fastback N will make its debut at the Paris motor show in October. Official images have shown prototypes undergoing final testing at the Nürburgring, where the company has its European Test Centre.
The Fastback N will use the same mechanicals, powertrain and twin-exit exhaust system as its hatchback sibling, and could be seen rolling on the same 19in wheels in our earlier spy shots. That means it will offer two power outputs from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine: 247bhp for the standard variant and 271bhp for the version equipped with the optional N Performance Pack, which we drove in prototype form earlier this month.
Both variants will be front-wheel drive and are expected to come with a six-speed manual gearbox, like the existing hatchback model. Despite the change in body shape, the fastback’s performance will likely be near identical to the hatchback’s, meaning 0-62mph time of about 6.1sec for the 271bhp version.