Hyundai has taken the wraps off the new fire-breathing i30 Fastback N ahead of the Paris Motor Show next month.

It’s the second high-performance model from Hyundai’s N Performance division, close on the heels of the critically acclaimed i30 N hot-hatch that arrived here in March.

The fastback is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the hatch and like the hatch is offered in both Standard and Performance form in Europe.

The Standard Package delivers 184kW and uses 7.0L/100km, while the Performance Package generates 202kW and uses 7.1L/100km.

In both tunes the engine develops 353Nm of torque, boosted briefly to 378Nm with overboost when the maximum torque threshold is reached.

With the Standard Package the car accelerates from rest to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and with the Performance Package the figure decreases to 6.1 seconds.

Top speed is 250 km/h.

The Fastback incorporates many of the design cues of the hatch, including the dynamic N Grille, N front and rear bumpers, highlighted by a red character line.

A blacked-out side sill further underscores its sportiness.

At the rear the car features twin exhausts and rear spoiler that flows neatly into the lines of the liftback.

A glossy black accent is inserted to highlight the spoiler and further develop the N performance theme.

Centrepiece of the cabin is the exclusive N steering wheel with characteristic red N stitching, repeated on the gear shift and seats.

A generous 450-litre cargo area expands to 1351 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.

The i30 Fastback N features N Grin Control system, just like the hatch that allows the driver to select from five drive modes using dedicated buttons on the steering wheel: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom.

Complete Australian pricing and specifications will be available closer to the local launch of the Hyundai i30 Fastback N in the first quarter of 2019.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.