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2021 Hyundai i30 N DCT: Hear and watch it testing in Sydney

We've caught Hyundai's better-late-than-never i30 N DCT testing in Sydney's northern suburbs. Will the DCT help take the fight to the new Volkswagen Golf GTI?

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Alborz Fallah
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Hyundai is already putting the i30 N DCT through its paces in Australia.

The Korean brand’s upcoming i30 N equipped with the new dual-clutch transmission has been spied testing in Sydney as part of its local evaluation program, before the high-performance hatch is launched early next year.

The original launch date for the two-pedal Hyundai i30 N was meant to be the end of 2019, which means the 2021 arrival represents a delay of more than 12 months.

Regardless, an automatic is finally within touching distance for Hyundai, giving it the tools to properly take on the dual-clutch Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renault Megane RS.

Despite the lack of an automatic, hot-hatch fans have still made the manual-only i30N a popular car, both in the configuration that launched in 2018 and the updated car with a retuned suspension that followed in 2019.

Seen here in Fastback form, the i30 N DCT is likely being evaluated by Hyundai engineers for Australian conditions – a part of the regular pre-production process for the majority of Hyundai vehicles sold locally.

Australia continues to play a big role in the development of N vehicles on the global stage, with local engineers travelling regularly to the Nurburgring to help develop Hyundai’s next-generation performance products under the guidance of ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann.

Those with a keen eye will notice the updated i30 N for 2021 will get bigger exhaust tips from the Veloster N (not available in our market), and also sport a newer wheel design.

As you may be able to hear in the video, the Hyundai i30 N’s rapid-fire dual-clutch transmission doesn’t sound as loud as the manual. Don’t worry, we’re led to believe that’s due to this particular prototype vehicle (likely sourced from Europe) being fitted with a petrol particulate filter that limits its engine noise and exhaust crackles.

We suspect Australian models will not be fitted with the emissions-limiting filter, given it’s not a requirement for our market.

The dual-clutch transmission will debut as part of the 2021 model year update for the i30 N, but it’s unclear if there will be a boost for the current 2.0-litre engine, which makes 202kW and 353Nm – up to 378Nm on overboost.

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Alborz Fallah
Alborz Fallah

Alborz has been writing about cars since 2006 when he launched CarAdvice. He is an honourary adjunct professor at the Uni of QLD and is in denial about the impending death of the internal combustion engine. Despite having reviewed and driven thousands of different cars, he still can't work out how to replace a windscreen wiper.

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