Limited edition Hyundai i30 N Project C teased

Keen on Hyundai's upcoming i30 N Project C? Well, numbers are limited to just 600 so you'll have to move quick

Hyundai has teased the new, limited edition i30 N Project C ahead of its reveal at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The car is a lighter, lower, restyled version of the i30 N Performance, inspired by the Korean firm’s “N Option” show car from the 2018 Paris show. 

The i30 Project C is due to go on sale in Europe later this year. It’ll be limited to 600 units, but it’s currently unclear whether it’ll be offered to UK buyers. If it is, expect a hefty premium over the standard car’s £29,495 list price.

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Revisions over the standard i30 N include an aggressive front splitter, finned side skirts, a range of carbon fibre reinforced plastic panels, a lowered suspension system and a set of lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels. The “N Option” show car’s huge rear wing, quad-tipped exhaust and vented bonnet, have been ditched.

We’re yet to see the interior of the Project C. However, Hyundai’s “N Option” show car came with a range of interior upgrades, including a pair of leather and Alcantara trimmed sports seats, carbon fibre replacements for the air vent surrounds, door handles and dashboard and Alcantara trim for the steering wheel, gearstick gaiter and centre armrest.

It’s powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Hyundai i30 N Performance. Output remains the same, with power and torque figures standing at 271bhp and 353Nm respectively, but, due to the Project C’s lighter panels and alloys, its 0–62mph time will likely improve over the standard car’s 6.1-second sprint.

Hyundai i30 N Option show car unveiled

Hyundai’s i30 “N Option” show car was revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, previewing a planned list of customisation options to spruce up the standard i30 N hot hatchback. Since then, Hyundai’s accessories package has morphed into a stand alone, limited edition model, restricted to the left-hand-drive European market.

Cosmetic upgrades for the show car included a more aggressive aero package, a vented carbon fibre bonnet, a four exhausts, an enormous rear wing and a set of lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in semi-slick track day tyres. It was finished in a unique matte white paint job with ‘N’ graphics.

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Inside, the N Option show car featured carbon fibre door handles, a carbon fibre dashboard and new air vent surrounds, along with an Alcantara steering wheel, a range of red dashboard highlights, a pair of leather and Alcantara-trimmed bucket seats and a set of sports pedals.

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