This is the sleek-looking Hyundai i30 Fastback N

Will officially mark its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show

Hyundai’s second performance-oriented model – after the i30 N offered in five-door hatchback guise – is coming to capitalize on its peer sales performance.

Hyundai’s press blurb mentions almost 3,000 i30 N hatches found an owner in the first six months of 2018 in Europe, with some 100 First Edition units being sold in Germany alone in the first 48 hours from launch.

So, there’s no wonder that the Hyundai i30 Fastback N takes a lot after its brother thanks to the N grille and front bumper, a twin-muffler exhaust and a rear spoiler nicely integrated into the tailgate.

The same treatment awaits inside: N steering wheel with contrasting red stitching (the gear lever and seats also get that) and, says Hyundai, uncompromised daily usability stemming from a 450-liter boot expandable to 1,351 liters by folding down the rear seats.

Under the hood resides a 2-liter turbocharger engine derived into two power outputs. The so-called Standard Package sees the motor’s output rise to 250 PS (247 hp), while the Performance Package ups the ante with 275 PS (270 hp). Torque stays the same regardless of choice: 353 Nm, but through the aid of overboost, it can go up to 378 Nm.

The former variant needs 6.4 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h while the latter clears the same interval in 6.1 seconds. Hyundai’s Grin Control system is also present and allows the driver to select one of the five available drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N, and N Custom.

Tech-wise, the i30 Fastback N retains the same feature as the hatchback, including an eight-inch multimedia screen, rear-view camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

We’ll know more about the new Hyundai i30 Fastback N after it takes a bow at the 2018 Paris Motor Show next week.

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