We know people have been waiting a long time for this. Ever since Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) first previewed the i30 N last year, they have been suspiciously quiet on the matter of when they're unveiling it - that is until now. The good news is the sole variant on offer is the i30 N Performance, which pushes 275 PS from its 2.0-litre GTDI (gasoline turbo direct injection) mill. The bad news is there will only be 20 units available.
In partnership with Lazada, these 20 units destined for Malaysia will all be made available in conjunction with the 12.12 sale. From the 2nd to the 11th of December, you can use the Chup Dulu feature to pay a 50% deposit on the booking fee of RM 2,000, and then pay the remainder between the 12th and 14th of December to secure your booking. If you back out of the deal, that deposit is non-refundable.
From there, you'll be contacted by a Hyundai representative to complete the purchase of the i30 N Performance at the showroom of your choosing. If you've managed to get through all these steps, in addition to being the owner of a brand new i30 N Performance, Hyundai will send you to Korea for an exclusive track day experience. You can only get it in the hero colour of Performance Blue, so keep that in mind as well.
The pricing is a little hefty at RM 298,888 (Peninsular Malaysia), but it pays to remember that this car is fairly unique in what its offering. It's the most compact of the options on the market in this segment, and it comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox, as well as adaptive dampers among other performance features. The N Performance in particular gets 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers with the N Logo, front electrically adjustable seats, and faux suede and leather seat trim.
Other neat features you get with the i30 N Performance is an Electronic Limited Slip Differential, five drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, N, and N Custom), the N Grin system that automatically adjusts a variety of parameters to suit your selected mode, automatic rev matching, and even launch control for ultra quick traffic light sprints.
And despite its performance-oriented aspirations, the i30 N Performance comes with a variety of modern safety features, from Autonomous Emergency Braking to the Lane Keep Assist System, and even High Beam Assist. It even comes with a warranty, to the tune of five years or 300,000 kilometres - whichever comes first.
Check out the car in the metal at Sime Darby Auto Hyundai Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. To find the best deals on Hyundai models, click here.