Ford has raised the bar when it comes to hot hatches with their Focus RS and now Hyundai is stepping up to the plate with their own.
Revealed at the Paris motor show, the Hyundai RN30 concept model was jointly developed by Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center and the automaker’s Performance Development & High Performance Division. According to Road And Track, when the RN30’s production form is revealed, it’ll be named i30N Plus and sit right above the regular i30N.
Packed under that bonnet is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that was developed just for N models and it’s capable of cranking out 375 bhp and 333 lb ft of torque. Internally, the engine uses forged components instead of cast and it’s sporting an enlarged turbo. Sending power to all four wheels is a wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission that shifts lightning fast.
Similar to the RS, Hyundai’s RN30 has electronically-controlled differentials that redirects torque away from wheels that are slipping, thus delivering the perfect amount of traction no matter the circumstance.
We don’t know what the overall weight of the concept model is but it could weigh less than the focus RS because, instead of going with carbon fiber the automaker developed a new lightweight high-performance plastic to be used in the RN30.
Think the RN30 could pose a threat to the Focus RS?