By Otsile Kadiege
Hyundai Motor has announced the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition, an exclusive, special version of the high-performance Hyundai i30 N hatchback. This unique edition of the new i30 N delivers the same high-performance driving experience with a distinctive exterior and interior design.
Drive-N exterior styling
The Korean automaker says that the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition was developed using market feedback, media feedback, and inspiration by N-thusiasts – its community of Hyundai N fans – who have already been modifying their own vehicles. Outside, the limited edition model features 19-inch forged alloy wheels in a dark bronze matte finish; black Hyundai badges; special decals on the side, front and rear; and two dedicated Drive-N badges in dark bronze matte on the side fenders.
The badges on the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition also display the GPS coordinates of the home of the N models, the Hyundai Motor Europe Test Center at Nürburgring in Germany. The exclusive edition is available in two body colours – Phantom Black Pearl and the new Serenity White Pearl.
Drive-N interior styling
The interior of each unit is outfitted with a unique numbered badge, depicting its position among the limited volume of 800 total units. Instead of leather, Alcantara with red stitching will cover the steering wheel, gear lever, armrest, and handbrake. All accents decorating the interior will be in red colour. This applies to the seat belts in the front and rear, the steering wheel N buttons, the inserts and stitching of the N Light Seats with its new pattern. The i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition also has exclusive floor mats with specific lettering.
The new i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition is still powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with front-wheel drive and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (N DCT). The engine delivers 206 kW in the upgraded i30 N, and maximum torque has been increased by 39 Nm to 392 Nm. With the launch control active, Hyundai claims the i30 N will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds. Its top speed is capped at 250km/h.
Sadly no units of this limited edition model will be allocated to SA. The UK will get 75 units while 545 units will be reserved for other European markets and the remaining 180 units will be allocated to the Australian market.
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