What's next in the pipeline for Hyundai's growing N division?
With the i30 N having proved Hyundai's newly founded N division is capable of producing a stellar hot hatchback, attention is turning to what comes next.
Here are some of the brand's upcoming projects, and when you can expect to see them on the road:
i30 N Fastback
A launch is imminent for the saloon version of the i30 N hot hatch. It has the potential for a giant-killing act against the ageing Audi S3 saloon.
It was recently launched for the US and Korean markets, but the second N-badged model won’t be sold in the UK because the oddball Veloster coupé on which it is based has been axed here.
N halo model
A bespoke N model is some years off, but its launch would truly mean the roll-out of N has been a success. It is unlikely to look as radical as the 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept car pictured above: a four-door sports saloon and two-seat sports car are currently the two favoured options.
The N sub-brand started life in the WRC, where the company's motorsport division still competes with a version of the i20 production car. A road-going version is likely, to link to the rally campaign.
Development on a hot Kona is already under way, after Biermann told N engineers to make a mule with the 247bhp 2.0 turbo engine from the i30 N.
A prototype also exists for a hot Tucson SUV. It would be a logical model in a booming segment, and a vehicle with global sales potential.
Ioniq EV N
A hotter variant of the battery-powered Ioniq has been mooted. An EV powertrain could give performance worthy of the N brand.