New Hyundai i30 N Drive-N limited edition arrives

This special version of Hyundai’s larger hot hatch gets bronze accents, with only 75 coming to the UK

  • 800 examples to be built - 75 for UK
  • Bronze and red accents
  • Unique plaque with build number

A new special edition of the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has been announced. Dubbed the Hyundai i30 N Drive-N, this new model will feature an exclusive livery with distinctive bronze accents joining the i30 N’s racy red trim.

Top 10 best hot hatchbacks 2022

Only 75 of the planned 800 examples of the Drive-N will be allocated to the UK car market; 545 will be reserved for the remainder of Europe and a further 180 for Australia. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but we expect the special edition to cost slightly more than the standard i30 N when it goes on sale later this year. The i30 N currently starts at a whisker over £34,000.

To distinguish the Drive-N model from the regular i30 N, the limited-run car will feature a model-specific bronze and red graphic along the door panel. The Drive-N will also adopt a matching set of bronze 19-inch alloy wheels and will be available in two colours: Phantom Black Pearl and the new Serenity White Pearl.

Further design tweaks continue on the inside where the Drive-N gets sporty Alcantara upholstery; this extends onto the steering wheel, the gear lever, the handbrake and the armrest. The black Alcantara is contrasted by red stitching and red drive select buttons on the steering wheel. The Drive-N also boasts red seat belts, and just like the regular i30 N, the ‘N’ logo on the headrests illuminates.

Each example of the i30 N Drive-N will be fitted with a plaque which states the car’s build number. Several Drive-N badges mounted around the car will also further enhance the exclusivity of this model, with each containing the coordinates for Hyundai’s high-performance test centre at the Nurburgring race track, Germany.

What does this mean for car buyers?

The Hyundai i30 N is one of our favourite hot hatchbacks, and the Drive-N model is likely to be a great collector’s item for those lucky enough to get hold of one. While there are no real performance upgrades over the standard i30 N, many are sure to appreciate the design tweaks and the exclusivity.

Hyundai has been on a roll recently when it comes to affordable performance cars; the original i30 N was a seriously impressive first attempt at a hot hatch and solidified its place as a strong rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The smaller Hyundai i20 N is equally as masterful, with the fizzy supermini earning our Hot Hatch of the Year award for 2022.

Want something fast with room for all the family? Check out our list of the Top 10 best fast estates

Recommended

Ford Focus ST Estate review
Ford Focus ST Estate
Ford Focus ST estate
25 May 2022

Ford Focus ST Estate review

BMW M135i hatchback review
BMW M135i driving
BMW M135i hatchback
6 May 2022

BMW M135i hatchback review

Volkswagen ID.3 GTX set to join the range in 2023
Volkswagen ID.3 GTX
Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback
5 May 2022

Volkswagen ID.3 GTX set to join the range in 2023

Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally special edition storms in
695 1
News
5 May 2022

Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally special edition storms in

Most Popular

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?
Police car - open boot
Tips and advice
19 May 2022

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?
Mazda3s at Bristol port
Car buying
17 May 2022

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Fiat 500 deals
Deals
20 May 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
3 Feb 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022