Hyundai has officially announced the i30 N Project C, which will debut at the IAA show in Frankfurt next month. The Project C will be a more hardcore version of Hyundai N’s first hot hatch, limited to 600 units for the European market.

The Project C is described as a lighter and lower “corner-slicing version” of the top i30 N, inspired by the high-performance testing and development facility at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D centre. We’re talking about the ‘Area C’ track (outline is on the profile of the car, in orange) in Namyang, the spiritual home of Hyundai’s performance division.

We can’t really see it on this camouflaged mule, but the Project C will feature carbon-fibre reinforced plastic parts and motorsport-inspired 19-inch wheels, which look really good. Hyundai says that the changes make the Project C notably lighter than the standard i30 N, and more responsive than ever to driver input. We can also look forward to dedicated aerodynamic touches.

Previewed at KLIMS 2018, the Hyundai i30 N is powered by a 2.0 litre Theta T-GDI engine, which in standard tune offers 250 PS and 353 Nm from 1,450 to 4,000 rpm. With the Performance Package, output is bumped up to 275 PS. Paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h.

The Hyundai i30 N is one of those rare cars I’m thirsting for, but looking at the prices of the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane RS, it’s likely to remain out of reach. RM300k anyone?

GALLERY: Hyundai i30 N at KLIMS 2018