The front facia of the i30 Fastback N. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Pops and bangs echoed a mile away from Hyundai Brunei’s Beribi Showroom as car enthusiasts revved up the engines to test drive the much-anticipated i30N and the i30 Fastback N models.

The exclusive one-day event saw some 35 guests including members of the media, experience first-hand the powerful performance of both vehicles from the showroom to Jalan Katok and back to Beribi.

Each session took 20 minutes, allowing participants to try out the cars’ features on smooth and bumpy roads to see how well they would perform.

A view of the speedometer. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Jolting performance

Upon starting the i30 Fastback N, the engine fired smoothly, promising a seamless drive across town. As the car uses a six-speed manual transmission, it takes awhile for users who are used to automatic transmission but after a few tries, the ride went off without a hitch.

New users won’t have to worry about which gears to switch to as the car automatically lets you know through the speedometer.

The car picks up speed impeccably and when switched to sports mode, roars with enthusiasm and makes you want to drive past corners repeatedly as the car perfectly tightens its grips.

Both models are powered by dedicated 2.0 T-GDi turbocharged engines with 275PS which means it can take you 6.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100mph.

Whats under the hood of the all new i30 Fastback? Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

With plenty of power and customisable performance enhancing elements at your fingertips, drivers will enjoy different rides for every occasion.

Switch up the modes and have the freedom to choose which specifics you prefer for suspension, handling and even acceleration, just at the push of a button.

The normal mode may seem like any other car ride however you can definitely still feel that sports car twist.

Change it up to the sports mode for an extra kick and feel your adrenaline rush.

A rim profile of the all new i30 series. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Physically sporty and internally charming

Exterior: Compared to the i30N, the Fastback is a coupe-styled car that’s expressive from every angle which includes a sophisticated sloping roofline.

With matching 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear that gets a more sculpted diffuser, prominent twin exhausts and bootlid spoiler, the Fastback is hard to miss and guaranteed to turn heads.

Interior: Your driving experience is made better as the car has firm seats with ample legroom, automatic seat adjusters and temperature control technology.The car’s LED screen is an ideal size and doesn’t distract you while driving.

A rear profile of the all-new i30 Fastback. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Coated for performance

These two models come in various attractive colours from Performance Blue, Engine Red, Micron Grey, Shadow Grey, Phantom Black and Polar White.

If you’re thinking of getting signature colours, get the Performance Blue for the i30N and Shadow Grey for the i30 Fastback N.

Overall the N Brand is truly a high-performance car, dripping with details normally found in only the most serious of performance cars.

Even for those who drive an automatic vehicle daily can be tempted to get Hyundai’s latest release.

See the cars up close at their showroom in Beribi and book a test-drive today.

Setia Motor’s executive explaining the car’s features to The Bruneian. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak



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