This Hyundai hot hatch can go toe-to-toe with a Civic Type R

And it packs as much torque as a Ferrari
by Stephen Dobie | Aug 16, 2018
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We like the Hyundai i30N a lot. But can it be improved upon? German tuner RaceChip certainly thinks so. This is the GTS Black, its latest show car based on the i30N.

RaceChip's taken the 271hp i30N Performance and given it, well, more performance. Some electronic tweakery and a new exhaust downpipe has taken its power output to 316hp, identical to the Honda Civic Type R that the regular i30N gets so close to beating. Could RaceChip's work push it over the line?

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Torque rises even more, with the stock i30N's 378Nm climbing to 525Nm. That's almost as much as a Ferrari 458 Speciale. RaceChip says the GTS is much more punchy at high revs than standard, and that "the increase in torque develops the i30N into a real race car."

To help channel such a rise in performance, there's new 15mm-lower Eibach suspension and lightweight OZ wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. RaceChip assures that downpipe--made by HJS--brings a "rich and aggressive sound." Given how riotous the regular car sounds, that's quite a claim.

Indeed, out of the showroom, the i30N isn't slow, soft, or quiet. We'd love to know just how intense this GTS Black feels…

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made. 

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