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Hyundai i30 N 2020 updated! New "more playful" suspension for Korea's Golf GTI rival

Hyundai's i30 N will now adopt the same suspension tune as its Fastback sibling

Hyundai's i30 N has been updated for 2020, with the Korean brand's Golf GTI rival to adopt the same global suspension as its Fastback sibling. 

It means the end of the hatchback's firmer, Australian-developed suspension tune, with the brand adopting the global chassis settings first introduced with the launch of the i30 N Fastback

The idea, says Hyundai, was to create a suspension tune that dialled up the in-car comfort without sacrificing dynamics. It also means that the i30 N and i30 Fastback N are the only two Hyundai vehicles not sporting a suspension tune developed by the brand's Australian engineering team.

Despite the suspension changes, the i30 N remains virtually unchanged for 2020. Despite the suspension changes, the i30 N remains virtually unchanged for 2020.

"The i30 N will also receive the revised global tune, arriving locally in Q3, 2019," says Hyundai's Guido Schenken.

The brand says the suspension was developed at the Nurburgring, and it adopts softer front suspension and reduced roll stiffness, designed to make it both more comfortable, and more capable in cornering. 

“We provided our input to the High Performance Vehicle Development team along with very similar feedback from the Korean engineers and the German engineers, along with some other data captured during the tune both in Europe and in Australia,” Hyundai's Product Planning Senior Manager, Andrew Tuitahi, said at the launch of the i30 Fastback N.

“We identified that a softer front-end would help with sharper turn in, better mid-corner adjustability, greater playfulness and also power-down, even with the diff.

“The car can be more playful now. You can induce rear steer; lift-off oversteer. The nose tucks that bit harder, and you can now get on a little earlier; a little harder, and have better grip from the front axle."

That's about the only change to the i30 N, with pricing remain at $41,990 plus on-road costs, and the same punchy turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine good for 202kW at 6000rpm and 353Nm, or at 378Nm on overboost.

That engine remains paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, sending power to the front wheels with the help of an electromechanical limited-slip diff.