'I can't believe it's not German': At £25k, the new Czech-built Hyundai i30N is the people's hot hatch, says RAY MASSEY
You'll get plenty of snap, crackle and pop from the latest hot hatchback from Hyundai.
I drove the new i30N, on the road and on a racetrack near Rome for its international launch this week, and it's a corker.
It will suit couples, or small families, who want a practical, stylish city car with poke. Hyundai is billing it as 'an everyday sports car'.
Pace-setter: Hyundai’s new i30N Performance hot hatchback at its launch in Italy
With prices from £24,995 for the standard 250 bhp N model and £27,995 for the 275 bhp Performance model, it really is the people's performance car.
The N range has its own designer pale blue colouring, though other colours are available.
Rather like the ads for the spread I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, with the i30N it was a case of: 'I can't believe it's not German.'
Bang for your buck. Ray with the i30N. Prices start at £24,995 for the standard 250 bhp N model and £27,995 for the 275 bhp Performance model
The hot Hyundai races from rest to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds with its top speed restricted to 155 mph. It claims an average 39.8 mpg
Built in the Czech Republic, it looks like a VW Golf.
The whole set up — from smart interior trim to the sharp performance and handling and pin-sharp steering — has a distinctly Teutonic feel.
That's no coincidence. Its development chief Albert Biermann was poached from BMW, where he led its motorsport division. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai and Kia.
Doppelganger: Built in the Czech Republic, the i30N looks like a VW Golf and has a distinctly Teutonic feel
The i30N Performance model is a feisty little beast, with great handling, good on gripping corners and with a nippy and nicely tuned 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine linked to a six-speed manual gearbox.
It races from rest to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds with its top speed restricted to 155 mph. It claims an average 39.8 mpg.
However on some of the Roman rural roads, seemingly little repaired since Emperor Hadrian's time, the stiff, sporty suspension meant you felt every little bump.
INVENTOR DYSON PLANS TO DOMINATE ELECTRIC CAR MARKET
After months of secrecy, inventor, entrepreneur and vacuum cleaner guru Sir James Dyson has announced he'll launch a radical new electric car range.
Naturally you read it here first at the beginning of the month.
Sir James this week briefed the media on the project, and confirmed he will spend £2.5 billion to create a new development centre on a former World War II airfield in Wiltshire to develop the new battery-powered car.
But full production may be in the Far East.
He says he intends to 'dominate' the electric car market.
Already he has a strong team around him, having vacuumed up top engineers from Aston Martin and U.S. competitor Tesla.
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