Question is, will they build it? Hyundai is confirming that the first sporty model, the i30N, will be available in 2017 to make “high-performance driving accessible to everyone”. That, to us, doesn’t sound like 380hp and four-wheel-drive. More a Focus ST rather than RS perhaps.
But with Hyundai committed to putting “thrilling driver experiences at the heart of new car developments” – and with a former BMW M chief in charge of N – the concept clearly points to a more hard-core hatch that could give Type R or Focus RS a run for its money.
It could never look as extreme as this track car of course, but that mechanical package and the motorsport team’s driver-focused technology and lightweight engineering do appear most relevant. Along with at least some of the aero – that body kit is a new sort of plastic, developed with BASF, rather than carbon-fibre and thus more affordable for production.
It certainly gets our vote…as long as they keep that rear spoiler!