Looks like Hyundai is determined the first production model to wear the ‘N’ badge must be a flawless car. After putting the Hyundai i30 N prototype through rigorous winter tests in Sweden they have now dispatched the little hot hatch to the UK where it has to tackle some of the roughest roads in Europe and pas the tests with flying colors.
This is good since it means Hyundai i30 N is not going to be just about speed and handling and Nurburgring. They are fine-tuning the car on the road because they want it to also have a nice and supple ride. In spite of the N badge, this i30 is still going to spend most of its life on public roads and it has to be tolerable. In UK the engineers and test drivers focus on the adaptive suspension and different drive modes.
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If you need some backstory to get to grips with what Hyundai i30 N is all about, the first high performance model carrying the ‘N’ logo – short for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre, and for the Nürburgring – is developed from the ground up to deliver maximum fun to drive on the road and on the track. And don’t think Hyundai is new to this. Back in 2010 they released the V6-powered Genesis Coupe which, even though it wasn’t perfect, gave all the big muscle cars and some serious sports cars a good run for their money in terms of performance and sheer driving pleasure.