Hyundai gave the i30 N a little more visual pizzazz with a special version bringing in a variety of cosmetic tweaks. Available with a standard six-speed manual or with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the new Drive-N Limited Edition gets individually numbered plaques to signify it is no ordinary variant of the hot hatchback. Production will be limited to 800 units, with 620 cars allocated for Europe.
Buyers can order it in Phantom Black Pearl color or the recently launched Serenity White Pearl color. Apart from the body paint, the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition gets luxurious 19-inch forged wheels with a dark bronze matte finish to complement the black Hyundai badge. To make it stand out from the standard i30 N, the South Korean brand implemented the retro side graphics that you’ll also see on the front and rear which are quietly applied.
Rounding out the changes on the outside is a special badge on the front fender on which are the GPS coordinates of the Hyundai Motor Europe Test Center at the Nürburgring in Germany. This is the place where all performance cars have been developed and tested since 2011. By the way, performance is delivered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 276 horsepower and 392 Newton-meters (289 pound-feet) of torque.
There’s more red to be found in the body-hugging front seats with the illuminated “N” logo reminiscent of a certain Bavarian brand. Hyundai went a step further by replacing the floor mats by applying red piping and using special lettering to indicate that it was a Drive-N Limited Edition. Just like the standard i30 N, it gets the N Grin Shift (NGS) button which will increase power by 10 hp for 20 seconds. The car will be sold as a fully stocked model, including a glass roof and rear rigidity bar.
Hyundai has already taken orders for the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition and says 75 of them are headed to the UK.