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Kez Casey | Sep 23, 2016

Hyundai has issued a first sneak peek at how an i30 hot hatch might look with this shadowy image issued by the brand’s high-performance N division. Called the RN30, a full reveal is set to take place at the Paris Motor Show next month.

Paris also marks the public debut of the new generation i30, but the RN30 takes the humble five-door hatch to the next level, with a massively widened track, bulging front and rear wheel arches, and an aggressive front end restyle.

The other big clue that Hyundai offers in its frst image is the important role that airflow and heat extraction will play in the RN30, with a deep heat extracting bonnet hinted at though the light-painting laid over the image, flowing over the roof and cleanly over the massive rear spoiler that hugs the rear window.

Hyundai is still keeping a tight lid on the RN30’s all important performance figures, however a previous teaser video for Hyundai’s first ever hot hatch displayed a preliminary dyno test screen shot revealing peak figures of 194kw and 375Nm.

Full engine and driveline specifications are likely to be announced at Paris, but previous intel suggests a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo power plant, channeling power to the front wheels, though all wheel drive has been suggested as a possibility.

The RN30 is described as a racing machine, with development work carried out by Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division.

But, for all of the RN30’s aggressive styling modifications, expect the eventual production i30 N version to step back from some of the more outrageous additions of the concept - sticking slightly closer to the look of the standard i30.

With more details expected to surface as the Paris Motor Show approaches, TMR will bring you all the latest news of the RN30 as it becomes available.

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