How’s this for a crazy hot hatch. It’s the new Hyundai i30 N but it has been dressed in a catalogue’s worth of cool aftermarket-style accessories that Hyundai calls N Option.

Yes, soon you will be able to option up your Hyundai i30 N – or any other N models that Hyundai releases in the future – with hardcore options. Hyundai is showing off the potential with this concept car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show which has just commenced this week.

The Hyundai i30 N N Option show car features a bespoke bodykit with a custom vented bonnet made from carbon fibre, a huge carbon rear wing, and it sports a set of lightweight 20-inch wheels shod with performance track-ready tyres.

You might end up spotting all 25 different enhancements administered to the car, including the unique matt exterior paint which was developed specifically for this show example. Topping off the exterior is a quad-muffler exhaust system, special N front grille with red character line, and tinted headlight lenses.

Passengers aren’t left without either. In the cabin you’ll find some unique black carbon accents around the dash and door trims, while the driver uses an Alcantara-wrapped sports steering wheel that’s also trimmed in black carbon highlighting. A set of sports pedals and gear lever complete the pack.

So, is this stuff going to hit the market soon? Hyundai says new N Option enhancements will be “launched in the near future”. These options will provide a range of personalisation possibilities, depending on how far you want to go. Thomas Schemera, from Hyundai’s High Performance Vehicles & Motorsport Division, said:

“With our N portfolio we are shaking up the competition, and bringing new performance and emotions for our customers. The development of our N vehicles is grounded in Motorsport and our engagement there is the pinnacle of N. The new i30 N Line and our i30 N ‘N Option’ show car illustrate our dual approach to customisation, making N available to a wider audience.”

Other hot hatch makers will need to watch out, as Hyundai is really creeping up now. Not even the humble VW Golf GTI offers this level of customisation potential. Bring it on.

Maverick
I like to think that I'm a car fanatic, but more of a driving fanatic. There's nothing better than getting out onto the open road, almost regardless of the car, and enjoying dancing with the controls and gathering up the moving scenery. If I'm not driving I'm either at the gym or sinking a few beers with friends.




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