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Paris 2016: Hyundai RN30 concept previews first N performance model

Hyundai’s RN30 racing concept model foreshadows a new lineup of high-performance cars allowing customers to experience the pure pleasure of sports driving. It made its debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show and will be available in production form next year.

Wider and lower than the next-generation Hyundai i30 (Elantra in North America) it is based on, the RN30 concept was born as a racing machine, developed in close collaboration with Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center, and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division.

With the N performance brand (as in Nürburgring, where track testing takes place), driver-focused technology, lightweight engineering, and a purposeful aerodynamic design come together to create a “high-performance car that everybody can enjoy effortlessly,” Hyundai says.

In particular, the RN30’s 375 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque are supplied by a 2.0L engine fitted with an enlarged turbo to increase thrust at full throttle. A dual-clutch transmission with rev matching and an all-wheel drive system using an electronic limited-slip differential are also in the mix.

Meanwhile, an Electronic Variable Exhaust system provides a surge of aural pleasure by emitting a strong exhaust sound consistent with the visceral sensations produced by the rapid acceleration.

Hyundai RN30 concept
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Hyundai RN30 concept