The possibility of an all-wheel-drive i30 N is not exactly breaking news، but Hyundai has now confirmed they’re actually building and testing prototypes of a potential VW Golf R competitor، Motor1 reported.
Speaking with Cars Guide، the company’s public relations manager in Australia، Guido Schenken، made the announcement about the possibility of an all-paw hot hatch، adding an AWD layout has been part of the car’s strategy from day one.
N boss، Albert Biermann، has previously said Hyundai’s go-faster division is serious about launching performance cars with AWD، and by the looks of it، the i30 N could be the first one. Should it get the proverbial green light، it might also mean the i30 N Fastback will send power to both axles. Consequently، the Veloster N could also theoretically accommodate an all-wheel-drive layout since the quirky hatchback is heavily related to the two i30 models. However، nothing is confirmed at this point.
Interestingly، Cars Guide has learned from a consultant working with Hyundai Australia that the all-wheel-drive layout and the rear suspension setup of the Kona are compatible with the i30: “Both cars sit on the same platform and the Kona’s rear-end bolts right in.” This means Hyundai is thinking of a Kona N – for which at least one prototype was built about a year ago as per a statement made by Biermann.
Aside from developing an AWD system tailored to its N-badged cars، Hyundai’s performance division is also toying around with the idea of a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Last time we heard، which was back in March 2018، the DCT-equipped i30 N is slated for a late 2019 release. In addition، a two-pedal Veloster N might have been spotted last month at the Nürburgring، but we can’t be 100% sure.
What this means is that the N’s future looks bright: all-wheel drive، dual-clutch automatic transmission، and even a halo car likely of the mid-engined variety.