Hyundai is preparing a performance halo model in the shape of a hot i30 hatchback, insiders have confirmed
Andrew Frankel Autocar
27 September 2012

Hyundai is secretly preparing to launch itself into the hot hatch market, with a high powered version of its successful Hyundai i30 hatchback. The car will be announced at the Geneva Motorshow in March and go on sale in January 2015.

No details regarding how the car is powered have yet been released though the 1.6-litre engine already in the i30 has already been coaxed up to 184bhp in the Veloster Turbo and is likely to get rather nearer 300bhp in the forthcoming i20-based 2013 World Rally Car

That said, if the new car is to bring the fight to the likes of the Ford Focus ST, Vauxhall Astra VXR and next generation Volkswagen Golf GTi, it would seem that a 2-litre turbo version of the engine would be the most likely option. A Hyundai insider said the intention was that the car would be "fully competitive with the best of the Europeans." This means a Hyundai with a top speed in excess of 150mph and a 0-60mph time of not much more than 6sec.

The timing of car is significant. Hyundai Motor Europe COO Allan Rushforth concedes that "Hyundai needs to do more to add emotion to the brand". Launching first the Veloster, then the Veloster Turbo and then announcing its return to the WRC is all part of a careful strategy Hyundai hopes will build the brand sufficiently by 2015 to give the i30 GTI (or whatever it’s called) the credibility it needs to succeed in the market place.

It’s a brave step into a new part of the market for Hyundai, but on its sales performance to date, it would be a brave man who bet against it.

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27 September 2012

For all the talk from the Hyundai "insider", I personally don't see this car being any more than a re-bodied version of the hot Proceed that has been mooted.  Expect then circa 200bhp.

In reality, when they say it is going to be competitive with the Europeans, they really mean the VW Golf GTi and considering that has been anounced in Mk7 form as having 217bhp.....

I don't think the Korean company has any real interest in joining the hot hatch power race, rather prefering to create a "me too" car which will compete on equal terms with it's competitors.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 September 2012

Stuart Milne wrote:

Hyundai is secretly preparing to launch itself into the hot hatch market, with a high powered version of its successful Hyundai i30 hatchback. 

Not very good at keeping secrets are they. This car has been speculated for ages now. Or is this another one of those oh so popular " leaks " that have been going on lately?

 

 

Myk

27 September 2012

It was more of a given, surely?  They have the engine -  which is going to end up in the Pro_cee'd - so the most obvious thing is to make use of it by combining engine and 3-door body.  Hey, presto! Warm hatch.  It's a no-brainer.

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