Hyundai i30 N Fastback returns for a limited time

Fans of affordable performance cars will be spoiled for choice in Hyundai showrooms, as the brand has introduced another machine with turbocharged grunt.

The new Hyundai i30 Fastback N is back as a limited edition model, giving customers myriad options for a limited time.

Customers keen on a Hyundai with more than 200kW of power can choose from the updated i30 N hatchback in manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic trim, its revised fastback twin with the same choice of transmissions, the larger and automatic-only i30 Sedan N that wears Elantra badges overseas, or the new Kona N crossover.

Those cars all have the same 2.0-litre turbo engine that sends 206kW and 392Nm to the front wheels.

There’s also the smaller and more affordable Hyundai i20 N hatchback that sends 150kW to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

No wonder Hyundai elected not to introduce the Veloster N in Australia.

Recognising that its sub-$50,000 performance range might be a little excessive, Hyundai says it will only accept up to 500 orders for the new Fastback Limited Edition until September 31.

The new machine has 4kW and 39Nm more than the outgoing model, and benefits from the changes made to Hyundai’s award-winning hatchback.

It has lightweight 19-inch alloys, reworked suspension, larger exhaust tips and bigger brakes than the original i30 N Fastback.

On the inside, lightweight sport seats optional in other models are standard, as is a 10.25-inch widescreen display with sat nav and smartphone mirroring.

Priced from $49,000 plus on-road costs in manual form, the new eight-speed auto adds $3000 to the bill.

While hot hatchbacks are relatively common, quick fastbacks and sedans are a little thin on the ground.

Skoda’s latest Octavia RS sedan shapes up as a close rival to the Hyundai, and Subaru’s new WRX is set to arrive with all-wheel-drive traction towards the end of the year.

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