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Hyundai i30 Fastback N 2019 revealed ahead of Paris debut

What do you call a bonafide hot hatch when it loses its hatchback? The Hyundai i30 Fastback N.

The latest N car has been revealed ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, with Hyundai's go-fast i30 range scoring a new fastback body style. But while the Fastback N might have lost the hatch, it hasn't lost the hot.

To pump up the marketing hype for its new model, Hyundai set its rally drivers lose on a blistering run between Rome and Paris, knocking off the drive in just over eight minutes.

The catch, Hyundai says, is that Thierry Neuville and Gabriele Tarquini weren’t thundering between the Italian and French cities, but rather between the towns of Rome and Paris in Denmark - a distance of just 12.8km.

Due to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show early next month, the Fastback uses the same potent engine as its hatchback sibling; a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit available in two states of tune, 184kW or 202kW.

Both are good for 353Nm (378Nm on overboost) and are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, producing 0-100km/h sprint times of 6.4 seconds and 6.1 seconds respectively.

In Australia, we only take the high-performance version of the hatch, and so you can likely expect the same of the Fastback.

“With the All-New i30 Fastback N, Hyundai again sets new standards in the market, enhancing the brand’s appeal with highly emotional products,” says Hyundai Europe’s vice-president marketing and product, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann.

“With the new hot coupe our customers will enjoy the same driving fun of i30N packaged in the car’s beautiful GT like shape wherever they drive!”

While the Fastback adopts much of the stying elements of the hatchback version, inside and out, and it’s every bit as practical, offering 450 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, and 1351 litres with them folded flat.

Australian specification will be revealed closer to a local launch.

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