Hyundai hasn't wasted time expanding its high-performance N Division.
Following in the wheeltracks of the critically-acclaimed i30 N hot hatch, the South Korean car maker has revealed the production version of its more pragmatic sibling, the i30 N Fastback, ahead of its official public debut at the 2018 Paris motor show next week.
The swoopy four-door coupe version utilises all the same bespoke running gear as the hatch, with unique body work, bigger brakes, adaptive suspension and a turbo charged 2.0-litre four cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox with an electronically-controlled limited slip differential.
In Europe, the car will be offered in two states of tune - a Standard Package that delivers 184kW and a Performance Package with 202kW - but will likely be offered exclusively in range-topping specification, like the hatch back, when it arrives in Australian showrooms early in 2019.
Inside the cabin, the car features supportive front bucket seats, a unique N steering wheel that incorporates paddles to alter the myriad of settings (such as suspension, steering, exhaust note, engine response, the LSD and stability control threshold) and unique N-derived functions in the 7.0-inch colour touchscreen mounted on top of the dash that also incorporates sat nav, digital radio and smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices.
The obvious difference is behind the driver's seat with the Fastback body style, with its lift gate rear opening, offering a generous amount of cargo carrying capacity, with Hyundai claiming a nominal figure of 450L that expands to 1351L with the rear seats folded flat.
Beyond the go-fast bits, the i30 N Fastback will also be equipped with a high level of standard safety features including autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and speed sign recognition.
Hyundai Australia has confirmed the Fastback will be added to its local line-up with final prices and specifications to be confirmed closer to its showroom arrival around February 2019.