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Hyundai Ready to Unveil i30 N Fastback at Paris Auto Show

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The Hyundai i30 N Fastback

Hyundai’s latest N Line vehicle, the i30 N Fastback, will make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show in October.

The introduction of the i30 N Fastback will wrap up the initial rollout of Hyundai’s high-performance N Line, which also features the i30 N hot hatch and the Hyundai Veloster N.

Details about the i30 N Fastback are still a bit sparse beyond the fact of its fastback configuration. However, it will share a 2.0-liter turbo engine with the i30 N. That engine is rated at 247 horsepower.

Unfortunately for interested U.S. customers, both the i30 N and the i30 N Fastback are Europe-only models. However, American drivers can still get in on the fun with the new Veloster N.

“i30N, Veloster N, and i30 Fastback N have the same performance gene and share a strong character,” said Thomas Schemera, who heads up Hyundai’s High Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division.

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From left: Hyundai’s i30 N Fastback, i30 N, and Veloster N

Hyundai’s N Line started as a track-focused brand in 2015. It’s now expanding to include high-performance cars for everyday drivers. The sub-brand’s goal, officials say, is to provide buyers with fun-to-drive cars that combine practical drivability and track-worthy performance.

“Our N cars balance performance and practicality so that they are fun to drive every day,” said Albert Biermann, the head of Hyundai’s Vehicle Performance Division. “Whether it’s urban commuting or track driving, N handles it beautifully.”

The N brand’s name carries a couple of different layers of meaning. It stands for South Korea’s Namyang district, the location of the Hyundai research and development center where the sub-brand was conceived. It also represents Germany’s Nurburgring track, where N vehicles are tested.

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News Source: Motor1