Here’s something that should excite hot hatch fans – the Hyundai i30 N is being shown at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). The car is not officially on sale, but is being previewed by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors to gauge public interest in it.

There’s plenty to like if you’re into this sort of thing, because the first sport model from the Korean automaker’s performance-based N sub-brand line up has been more than taking the fight to rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST.

Exterior-wise, the sport route brings about new front and rear bumpers, a new rear spoiler finished in gloss black, twin tailpipes as well as black bezels for the headlamps. Also on, N badging and various black elements and subtle red accents.

Inside, there are dedicated high-performance sport seats with lumbar support and extendable seat cushions. Available in a combination of suede and leather or cloth, the seats also come with a stamped N logo on the back rest. There’s also an N steering wheel, which gets blue stitching and an N logo, as well as an N gear shift knob.

The front-wheel drive i30 N is powered by a 2.0 litre Theta T-GDI turbocharged twin-cam E-CVVT engine, which in its standard tune offers 250 PS at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm at 1,450 to 4,000 rpm. The KLIMS show car has the Performance Package added on, which bumps up the output to 279 PS (at point of launch, it was listed at 275 PS), also at the same revs, with maximum torque output unchanged.

Paired with a six-speed manual transmission (which the automaker claims is ‘built to last’, it seems), performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed. The car also features an overboost function, which increases torque (+8%) and acceleration (+6-7%) on short bursts.

Courtesy of the Performance Package, the car rides on 19-inch units, wrapped with 235/35 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, and eight mm lower than a regular five-door i30.

The higher output variant also gets red N brake calipers and larger 18-inch front, 17-inch rear brake discs (on the standard output i30 N, 17-inch and 16-inch units respectively), and adds on an electronic limited-slip differential (E-LSD) as well as a variable exhaust valve system.

Standard fit items include an electronic-controlled adjustable suspension, rev matching, launch control and a lap timer. Five drive modes are available (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom) for the car, and the electronic stability control (ESC) can be switched off completely for maximum freedom.

So, like what you see, and does the idea of another manual hot hatch option sound like music to your ears? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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