The i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition is marked out by special paint, wheels and body decals

Hyundai has confirmed pricing and specification details for an “exclusive, special version” model that will sit at the head of the i30 N performance hatch line-up.

Dubbed the ‘Drive-N Limited Edition’, only 800 examples of the front-wheel-drive car are being built by the South Korean manufacturer, 75 of which are destined for the UK market.

Priced at £38,190 – a £3,215 premium over the regular model – UK examples of the i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition get an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and a choice of two no cost option body colours – ‘Phantom Black Pearl’ and ‘Serenity White Pearl’.  

The exterior changes for the Drive-N Limited Edition include 19-inch forged alloy wheels that have a dark bronze matte finish, red-painted brake calipers, black Hyundai logos, and red and gold pinstripes along the flanks.

The Drive-N badges positioned on the wings also display the GPS coordinates of the home of the N models – Hyundai Motor Europe’s test centre at the Nürburgring in Germany.

i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition cars include standard ‘N Light Seats’ – usually a £600 option – which sport red accents to the back rest, with red stitching repeated on the Alcantara covered steering wheel, gear stick gaiter, handbrake lever and centre console armrest.

The red theme continues with red seatbelts, red N and Drive Mode steering wheel controls and red and white stitched Drive-N Limited Edition carpet mats that incorporate a unique Drive-N logo. Each Drive-N Limited Edition is also equipped with a numbered badge that indicates its rank in the total 800 cars assembled.

Creature comforts include a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, wireless smartphone charging, a 4.2-inch LCD digital instrument display, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.

Performance remains unchanged, so the Drive-N Limited Edition is powered by the same 2-litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol found under the bonnet of the i30 N. That means a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds and a 155mph top speed from the 276bhp unit.

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