Australian News - June 11, 2021

Hyundai Announces Enhanced 2021 i30 N

Hyundai Motor Company Australia is pleased to announce pricing and specification details for the new 2021 i30 N, which goes on sale locally next month.

The 2021 i30 N builds on the success of its groundbreaking predecessor, with the introduction of a new wet-type eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT), and new advanced driver assistance and safety features, providing drivers with a better experience whether they’re on road or track.

As well as offering a range of design and driving enhancements, the 2021 i30 N is also equipped with more lightweight materials, resulting in more agility and better handling.

With a variety of new features to improve both every day and high-performance driving situations, the new i30 is truly a racetrack-capable everyday sports car.

Improved engine delivers an even more intense motorsport feeling

The upgraded 2.0-litre turbocharged engine now delivers 206kW. This is an increase of 4kW over the original i30 N and is available with both 6MT and N DCT. Maximum torque has also been increased by 39Nm to 392Nm.

The 206kW engine offers flat power, which ensures high responsiveness and improved acceleration for even more fun on the road or on the track. Flat power provides more torque and power at lower RPM, thus utilising more of the engine’s potential in everyday driving situations. The new i30 N maintains maximum torque between 2,100 and 4,700 RPM, and achieves maximum power at 6,000 RPM. This improves acceleration in the mid- and high-speed range and delivers a consistently high performance.

New i30 N has a maximum speed of 250 km/h, and can go from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 secs, an improvement of 0.7 seconds or 11 per cent over the previous model.

As with its predecessor, the new i30 N is equipped with a range of high-performance driving features including Rev Matching, Launch Control, Rear stiffness bar, and more.

N DCT gives the new i30 N an even broader appeal

The new N DCT eight-speed dual clutch transmission enables a range of high-performance driving features, making the new i30 N even more fun to drive.

N DCT is a wet type transmission, meaning that oil is used to cool the clutch components, which creates less friction and allows a higher amount of torque to be transferred through the gearbox. The new transmission option was designed to provide the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

Drivers can choose to enter manual mode and shift gears either by using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the gear stick. If the driver decides to use the gear lever instead of the paddles, the gear lever comes with sporty, race-style shifting logic: to downshift, push forward, and to upshift, pull back.

The N DCT enables three new N performance functions for even more driving fun: N Grin Shift, N Power Shift and N Track Sense Shift.

N Grin Shift (NGS) releases maximum power of the engine and transmission for 20 seconds – performance that is sure to bring a grin to the driver’s face. To activate, the driver pushes a button on the steering wheel, and a countdown begins on the cluster showing the remaining seconds for this function.

N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. This enhances fun to drive by giving a “push feel” when upshifting.

Finally, N Track Sense Shift (NTS) recognises when the road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving, for example on a racetrack, and activates automatically. By selecting the right gear and shift timing, it provides optimal performance, just like a professional race car driver.

N Grin Control System

As with the previous generation i30 N, the N Grin Control System gives customers the choice between five distinct driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. The driving modes adjust the parameters of the engine, the suspension, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), N Corner Carving Differential (Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential), exhaust sound, steering, and transmission to optimise them for a variety of driving conditions. In the N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each of these components to match driving preferences and road conditions.

19-inch forged alloy wheels

The lightweight, optimised, five-double-spoke wheels were designed for minimum unsprung mass and high strength. Together, the 19-inch forged alloy wheels are 14.4kg lighter than the current 19-inch casted alloy wheels. Their dark satin grey matte finish, contrasting with the N-specific red brake calipers with N logo, underlines the racing spirit of the car. The new i30 N has also been outfitted with high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tyres, developed especially for the i30 N.

N Light Sports Bucket Seats

For the first time, the new i30 N comes with the option of N Light Seats, a set of lightweight, high-performance front seats. These uniquely-designed monoform high-performance sport seats are 2.2kg lighter than the standard seats. The pronounced bolsters offer excellent lateral support. N Light Seats are made of premium leather and Alcantara materials and come with Performance Blue stitching and an illuminated N logo on an integrated headrest for a high-quality feeling.

Ride and handling

As with its predecessor, the new i30 N features an Electronic Controlled Suspension. The suspension and steering systems have been retuned, resulting in improved ride and handling performance for both transmission types.

Drivers also benefit from the N Corner Carving Differential, an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential (eLSD).

Additionally for the front brake disc size has been increased from 345mm to 360mm for a better braking performance.

Technical Specifications

  2021 i30 N
Engine 2.0 T-GDI
Transmission 6MT or N DCT
Power 206 kW
Max. torque 392 Nm
Top speed 250 km/h
0-100 km/h 5.4 sec

2021 i30 N Model Range And Pricing

Engine Transmission Body style i30 N i30 N Premium i30 N Premium

w/ sunroof

2.0 Turbo 6 speed manual Hatchback $44,500 $47,500 $49,000
8 speed DCT Hatchback $47,500 $52,000

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs

Colours And Trims

Trim Interior Exterior
Performance Blue Engine
Solid Solid Mica* Mica* Solid Solid
i30 N Black cloth
i30 N Premium Black Alcantara / leather
i30 N Premium

w/ Sunroof

Black Alcantara / leather

Note: Optional Mica paint cost = $495

2021 i30 N Key Specifications

Specification upgrades compared to original i30 N model are highlighted in green.

i30 N   2.0 Turbo MT or DCT
Key specifications:    
N-exclusive performance features: N-exclusive interior styling: LED daytime running lights (DRL)
– 206kW/392Nm 2.0 Turbo engine – Alloy sports pedals LED headlights and front indicators
– Active variable exhaust – Sports front bucket seats LED side repeaters in mirrors
– Electronic Controlled Suspension – Leather appointed steering wheel LED tail lights
– Electro-mechanical LSD – 4.2” TFT colour Supervision cluster Temporary space saver spare wheel
– N Drive Mode System SmartSense advanced safety: 10.25” satellite navigation system
– N Performance Driving Data Sys. – Blind-Spot Collision Warning1 DAB+ digital radio
– Performance brake package – Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
City/Urban/Pedestrian (camera)
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
– Rear stiffness bar Cruise control
– Rev matching function – Driver Attention Warning Dual zone climate control
N-exclusive exterior styling: – Lane Keeping Assist LED courtesy & puddle lights
– 19” alloy wheels – forged – Lane Following Assist Power folding exterior mirrors
– Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres – Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warn.2 Smart key & push button start
– Full body kit Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Wireless charging pad (Qi)
– Headlights & tail lights Parking Distance Warning – Rear  
– Rear spoiler Rear view camera  
i30 N Premium 2.0 Turbo MT
Key specifications above i30 N:    
Parking Distance Warning – Front N Light Seats – fixed headrest bucket seats Electro-chromatic interior mirror
Rain sensing wipers Heated front seats/steering wheel
Rear privacy glass Alcantara/leather appointed interior  
i30 N Premium with Sunroof 2.0 Turbo MT or DCT
Key specifications above N Premium:  
Panoramic glass sunroof    


  1. Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist available on DCT variants
  2. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist available on DCT variants