Hyundai’s high-performance models are on a roll. The i30 Fastback N and the i30 N recently took home awards from prestigious German automotive magazines. The i30 Fastback N was granted the title “Auto Bild Sports Car of the Year” this month, just days after the i30 N won the “Sport Auto Award” by the magazine Sport Auto. The i30 N was also the 2018 winner of the “Auto Bild Sports Car of the Year” award. i30 Fastback N named “Auto Bild Sports Car of the Year”
The “Auto Bild Sports Cars” is a readers’ choice award by the German car magazine Auto Bild. This year, 110 cars competed for the title at the 18th annual “Auto Bild Sports Cars of the Year” award. The candidates were the cars that had featured in the test and driving reports in the previous twelve months. Each model was classified into one of five categories, with winners for the sub-categories of Series (mass-produced vehicles), Import (imported vehicles) and Tuning (specially tuned vehicles). The Hyundai i30 Fastback N took home the prize in the category Small & Compact Cars, sub-category Import, winning against 13 other cars.
“The award is further proof that our fans, the ‘N-thusiasts’, love the sportiness of the i30 Fastback N, ” said Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor Germany. “With the i30 Fastback N, we are proud to be able to offer a compact sports car that enjoys great credibility and attracts great interest in the performance car scene.”
The market launch of the i30 N took place in 2017. Since 2018, the sporty compact car has been available as the i30 N, both with a hatchback body and as the Fastback model. The “N” in the model designation comes from the location of the Hyundai Research and Development Centre in Namyang, South Korea. Another N-connection is that the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife (North Loop) is the second home of all N high-performance models. The sports performance of the cars regularly makes them vehicles-of-choice for endurance races or for use in touring car racing. The cars have already clinched numerous class and race victories.
i30 N wins prestigious “Sport Auto Award”
In November, the Hyundai i30 N took home the “Sport Auto Award,” a readers’ choice award by the trade magazine Sport Auto. The hot hatch won the category “Compact Cars up to €35,000” in the sub-category “Import”, seeing off competition from 275 other cars. One of Hyundai’s most popular high-performance models, the i30 N has sold over 4500 units since its launch in autumn 2017.
“The Sport Auto Award proves once again that Hyundai also offers the right products for sporty drivers,” said Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor Germany. “Our limited edition i30 N Project C, presented at the IAA, is already attracting great interest, even before its market launch.”
19-inch wheels and electronic differential lock as standard
In 2017, Hyundai first impressed the fans of compact sports cars with the i30 N. Since then, engine power has gone from 184 kW/250 hp up to 202 kW/275 hp. The chassis has been further optimised for dynamic ride quality. The Hyundai i30 N now features 19-inch wheels and an electronic differential lock as standard.
High performance at attractive prices
The Hyundai i30 N is an extremely agile, compact car, and wins drivers over with its unique performance characteristics and design. As a Spring 2019 test in “Sport Auto” magazine said, “the two-litre is one of the best of its kind”, and described its handling as, “nothing less than a masterpiece”.
Hyundai winning streak
The Hyundai i30 Fastback N and i30 N have garnered their share of awards and accolades. In 2018, the i30 N was named “Auto Bild Sports Car of the Year” in the Small & Compact Car category, winning against seven established import competitors. Its appearance at the Paris Motor Show prompted positive reviews and was described as a “game changer” at the 2018 Autocar awards.
In addition, in 2018 Hyundai was named BBC TopGear Magazine’s Manufacturer of the Year.