Our spy photographers have uncovered a mysterious version of the Hyundai i30. Seen here parked up and undisguised, you’d easily be forgiven for mistaking it for the standard five-door hatchback.
Look a little closer though, and it’s clear the South Korean manufacturer has been hard at work on one or two little tweaks. Aside from the sporty, five-spoke alloys, this i30 appears to sit slightly lower than normal, and features distinctive, round dual exhausts.
This suggests to us that Hyundai has fitted something a little more powerful under the bonnet than the current top-of-the-range 126bhp 1.6 CRDi diesel engine. The new flagship, possibly set to be badged GT, could therefore feature a turbocharged version of the 1.6-litre petrol engine already offered in the i30 line-up.
It probably wouldn’t take too much engineering either, as just such a 1.6 T-GDI unit already exists, offering either 184bhp or 201bhp, and has found its way into Hyundai’s own Veloster Turbo and both the three- and five-door Kia Cee'd GT.
Supposing the i30 GT makes use of the less powerful 1.6 turbo then, expect 0-62mph to take roughly the same as the Veloster Turbo’s 8.4 seconds, with a top speed just north of 130mph.
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