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2021 Hyundai i30 N price and features: Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX rival gets power and price bump plus new DCT

The updated i30 N will finally see the eight-speed DCT transmission land in Australia.

Hyundai already revealed many of the key numbers for the updated i30 N - 206kW of power, eight gears in the new dual-clutch transmission - but, now we’ve got the most important figure, the price.

While this new version brings a range of upgraded features, it will come at a price with the entry-level set to cost $3100 more than the out-going model. The 2021 i30 N range will begin at $44,500 (plus on-road costs) for the six-speed manual, compared to $41,400 for the model it replaces. The new DCT variant will start at $47,500, another $3000 jump in price.

In addition to the previously released information, including the new styling changes that incorporate new front and rear bumpers, Hyundai Australia has confirmed final specification details.

The 19-inch forged alloy wheels will come as standard, as will keyless entry and ignition, wireless charging, LED puddle lights and the brand’s updated multimedia system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen. The new wheels are a major change as they weigh 14.4kg less than the out-going cast alloys of the same size. The rims will be finished in dark satin matte grey and wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

Inside is a new 10.2-inch multimedia screen. Inside is a new 10.2-inch multimedia screen.

There will also be more safety features, with blind spot collision warning, lane following assist and rear cross-traffic collision alert joining autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and driver attention warning.

Mechanically the i30 N will come standard with the upgraded 206KW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with electro-mechanical limited slip differential and active variable exhaust. The N Drive Mode System remains unchanged, allowing owners to adjust each parameter of the drivetrain, chassis and suspension to their preference.

The eight-speed DCT is the biggest new addition and has the potential to increase the appeal of the hot hatch beyond enthusiasts who enjoy the manual. Hyundai has developed several new modes for the auto, each with N specific names, including N Grin Shift, N Power Shift and N Track Sense Shift. Grin Shift is activated by a button on the steering wheel for a 20 second burst of maximum performance. Power Shift kicks in at 90 per cent throttle to reduce power loss when upshifting and Track Sense effectively engages the more responsive ‘Sport’ transmission setting automatically if it 'senses' racetrack-like conditions.

The updated i30 N range is due to go on sale in July. The updated i30 N range is due to go on sale in July.

Another change for 2021 model is increased front brake discs, which are now 360mm instead of 345mm.

Hyundai will also offer a Premium variant, with or without a sunroof. The manual i30 N Premium will cost $47,500 and $49,000 with the sunroof. The DCT is only available as a Premium with a sunroof, priced from $52,000.

Upgrades for the Premium include the N 'Light Seats', a racing-style bucket with a fixed headrest, Alcantara and leather-appointed interior trim, rain sensing wipers, front parking sensors and heated front seats and steering wheel.

The updated i30 N range is due to go on sale in July.

2021 Hyundai i30 N pricing (plus on-road costs):

VariantPrice
i30 N manual$44,500
i30 N DCT$47,500
i30 N Premium manual$47,500
i30 N Premium manual/sunroof$49,000
i30 N Premium DCT/sunroof$52,000