The i30N won’t be the sole performance model for long.
Hyundai’s brand-new N performance sub-brand is clearly on a roll, as they intend to introduce a second model to its portfolio after the debut of the i30N later this year. This tidbit of info was shared by Hyundai’s head of high-performance development Albert Biermann during the reveal of the Hyundai Kona in South Korea. The rumour mill is strife at the possibility of an all-wheel drive hatchback, the kind that could take on the Ford Focus RS.
Hyundai’s senior vice president of high performance vehicle development Joonhong Park, said that the marque would carefully select the best offerings in the Hyundai portfolio to be developed by the N division. “There is no plan for there to be an N model for every Hyundai, [although] we have a road map for the next few years to come.”
An Autocar report on the matter talked about how the performance sub-brand isn’t entirely focused on massaging Hyundai’s electrified and hydrogen fuel-cell tech into its products, but Biermann was careful not to rule it out.
“Hyundai has technology of every type – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, EV, and fuel cell. Right now, there’s no plan to bring that tech to N, but when the time comes, whether that’s because the customer requests it or we think there’s a moment or a need by regulation, we will be ready to have a sustainable high-performance car.”
It seems to us that Biermann and his team at N understand that a performance car is more than just a numbers game, where outright performance has to be balanced with a degree of emotional involvement and driver engagement, eliminating the idea of an alternatively-powered N performance car. “I could eventually see a more emotional EV performance car. But for me, it’s hard to imagine a performance car without an engine – although maybe that’s me getting old,” he said jokingly.