7. Hyundai RN30 Concept
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News and details about Hyundai’s new ‘N’ performance division first started making waves at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Now the Korean firm has unveiled a preview of the hot hatch that could lead this new sub-brand.
Dubbed the RN30, the concept sits atop the i30 hatchback’s chassis and features a noticeably motorsport-themed body kit, Sitting 30mm wider and standing 84mm lower than a production i30, the RN30 also features ‘floating’ front wheel arches, a huge rear diffuser, new front splitter and a lightweight exhaust system (fashioned from a plastic compound) in an effort to ironically elbow its new i20 WRC car out of the Paris Motor Show limelight. Inside the racing theme continues with bucket seats, a roll cage and a racing steering wheel. Power meanwhile – all 375bhp of it – comes from a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, that also sends 333lb ft of torque to all four wheels via a dual-clutch racing gearbox.
Thought it’s unlikely we’ll see a production RN30 any time soon, Hyundai has suggested that the new i30 – due to be released next year – could draw heavily from this conceptual design.