In our humble opinion, the only visual upgrades supported by most cars, without going over the top, are aftermarket wheels, as well as they keep a decent size that is, combined with a slightly lower ground clearance.
This Hyundai i30 Fastback N follows the recipe to the letter, as it boasts new wheels from Barracuda, dubbed the Project 3.0, part of their ‘Ultralight Series’, which, according to the wheel maker, “offer further refinement” to the sporty Korean compact car.
Said to have been weight-optimized, they measure 8.5×19 inches front and rear, have a Y-spoke pattern with black finish and come wrapped in 235/35 Pirelli P Zero tires. The revised stance is complete by the H&R lowering springs, and everything else remains untouched, including the sporty body kit that comprises of bigger bumpers, side skirts, aggressive diffuser, double tailpipes and red accents that differentiate it from the regular i30 Fastback.
The model shares its oily bits with the i30 N hot hatch, including the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine offered in two outputs, namely with 246 HP (250 PS / 184 kW) and 271 HP (275 PS / 202 kW) for the standard and Performance grade respectively. Regardless which one you choose, the torque number remains identical at 260 lb-ft (353 Nm), increasing to 279 lb-ft (378 Nm) on overboost. The Performance sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than the standard variant, and can go up to a top speed that’s electronically limited at 155 mph (250 km/h).