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Hyundai RN30 high-performance concept revealed

Based on the forthcoming Hyundai i30, the high-performance RN30 concept is making its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The motorsport-inspired racing concept is powered by a high-performance 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, under development by Hyundai for N production models, upgraded with an enlarged turbo to increase thrust at full throttle. To manage the additional power, the engine block has been applied by forging parts, instead of casting parts, to increase its durability and resistance. As a result, the RN30 features 380 PS and a maximum torque of 451 Nm.

The hot hatch comes with rev-matching which encourages spirited driving by quickly and accurately revising the engine’s speed whenever the driver shifts gear while in sport mode. An Electronic Variable Exhaust system provides a surge of 'aural pleasure' by emitting a strong exhaust sound.

An electronic limited-slip differential system (eLSD) makes sure each wheel receives sufficient torque, measuring the driving force of the tyres. This helps prevent skidding and ensures fast, precise cornering when navigating high-speed curves – allowing drivers to control the RN30 'accurately and confidently'.

With a lower, wider stance the body features a ‘floating’ wing over each wheel, enhancing the visual impact of RN30 and working with the side splitters to improve aerodynamic performance, 'sucking' the car down onto the track.

The front design includes Hyundai’s new signature cascading grill, while a large rear spoiler generates downforce during high-speed driving and gives the RN30 'aesthetically balanced proportions'. For optimal and balanced downforce, the car features a large rear diffuser set above centrally-mounted white ceramic twin exhaust pipes, while the 19-inch light-weight alloy wheels complete the car’s dynamic appearance.