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TMR Team | Feb 16, 2017

Two models, manual and automatic transmissions and a pair of engines producing up to 200kW - that's the first details of Hyundai's long-awaited N Performance model.

As expected, it will be based around the new generation i30 hatch and will be packing a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a limited slip differential.

The i30 N is expected to arrive in Australia by the end of 2017 to do battle with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST and Peugeot 308 GTi. As previously reported, there will be two versions of the i30 N available, one focused on road driving and another more track-orientated variant.

The standard i30 N will be powered by a 183kW version of the company's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It will also be equipped with an electronically activated mechanical limited slip differential to help transmit its power to the tarmac. It will ride on N-specific 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

Hyundai RN30 Concept
Hyundai RN30 Concept

The track-ready i30 N, dubbed Power Package, will boast a 200kW version of the same 2.0-litre engine but will get the same transmission, diff and wheel and tyres.

Both models will also get a variable exhaust valve to ensure the soundtrack matches the performance.

The six-speed manual will be standard until 2019 when Hyundai will add an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the car as an option.

Hyundai has also confirmed the i30 N will get a unique styling treatment inside and out, including a steering wheel that looks similar to the one found in the current Audi TT and more supportive sports seats.

The South Korean brand has been testing the i30 N model on Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit and even established a development base at the track to ensure its first performance models were tuned to the same conditions as key rivals.

Hyundai Australia has yet to reveal pricing for either model.

Plans for the N Performance division were first announced back in 2013 and the brand has been preparing for its arrival with an entry in the World Rally Championship since 2014.

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