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Kez Casey | May, 25 2016 | 15 Comments

Hyundai’s high-performance N division moves another step closer to production reality with the news that the sub-brand is preparing three cars to run at this year’s Nurburgring 24 hour race.

The biggest news though, is that Hyundai has offered a first look at the power and torque outputs from the new i30 N 2.0 litre hot hatch, courtesy of a teaser video offering glimpses of engine dyno results for the engine under test.

Early development mule of Hyundai's turbocharged i30
Early development mule of Hyundai's turbocharged i30

While the figures aren’t yet final, they give a decent indication of what Hyundai has in store for its new performance engine, with 375Nm indicated early in the video and a peak power figure of 263.9PS (194kW) flashed on screen further on.

To put the new engine to the test, Hyundai will run a development mule of the i30 N at this year’s Nurburgring 24 hour race - giving the high-performance engine a very public debut.

Hyundai describes 40 percent of the development of the i30 N as new, with the new 2.0 litre turbo engine backed up by enhanced suspension, dampers, wheels, and steering, as well as an optimised transmission.

“This Nürburgring 24 hour race provides the ideal test bed for our motorsport-inspired N sub-brand development and a key part of our ‘born in Namyang, honed at Nürburgring’ performance-car ethos,” said Hyundai’s Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development, Albert Biermann.

“The technological inspiration and experience gained from this extreme testing will accelerate our development of high-performance, fun-to-drive N models.”

The race car doesn’t yet feature the final styling expected of the production i30, but pumped guards and an aggressively vented front bumper hint at some of the changes expected.

Hyundai hasn’t yet revealed if its new hot hatch will arrive with front or all-wheel-drive, although the latter seems more likely, to allow the i30 N to put its power down more effectively.

Joining the i30 N development car at the track will be a pair of production cars - both running Hyundai’s 1.6 litre turbo engine: a Veloster and an i30, the latter of which is defending its 2015 class title.

Hyundai's Nurburgring Test Centre
Hyundai's Nurburgring Test Centre

Development of Hyundai’s N-branded cars is under the direction of Albert Biermann, formerly of BMW’s M operation, with development taking place in Namyang, Korea, and testing at Hyundai’s dedicated Nurburgring facility.

The i30 N is expected to make its production debut in 2017, with more details and styling concepts expected to hit the spotlight before then.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think of Hyundai’s first hot hatch in the comments.

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