Hyundai likes to make a big deal about the i30 N’s ‘BPM not RPM’ ethos - in other words, it’s about fun first and foremost, not raw numbers and Nurburgring lap times. But still, we can’t help but be curious as to how it’d shape up with a bit more power.
That’s what makes this show car from RaceChip particularly interesting. Via a chip tune from the German firm alone, the N Performance’s 2.0-litre inline-four turbo can punted up to 309bhp. Fit an HJS downpipe too, and you’re looking at 316bhp, exactly the same as a Honda Civic Type R.
However, while the Honda makes do with 295lb ft, an i30 N post tuning is good for a monstrous 386lb ft of torque, up from 260lb ft in the stock car. Sounds like a drag race waiting to happen…
Other upgrades on the show car include OZ Leggera HLT alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S boots, lower springs and uprated Eibach anti-roll bars.
There’s no word on pricing for the tuning programme just yet.