Hyundai is developing a performance-oriented version of the i30 that will take on the iconic Volkswagen GTI, a new report indicates. Tentatively dubbed i30 RS, it will debut as a thinly-veiled concept at next year's Geneva Motor Show.
The RS will be based on the three-door Europe-only i30 that bowed in Paris. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that will reportedly make well over 200 horsepower, enabling it to keep up with the GTI and other hot hatches from Renault and Opel/Vauxhall. Like the regular i30, the RS will be front-wheel drive but what transmission it will be equipped with is not currently known.
The i30 RS will feature a lowered and stiffened suspension to obtain a more responsive ride, while upgraded brakes all around will keep the extra power in check.
Visually, the RS will be given a sportier look that will consist of a full body kit, aggressive bumpers on both ends and model-specific exterior colors. Bucket seats and a more complete instrumentation will continue the track-inspired theme on the inside.
If the rumor proves true, the i30 RS will go on sale throughout Europe in early 2014.