Today Hyundai announced the limited-edition i30 N Project C ahead of its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Project C is a lighter and lower version of the i30 N’s performance trim. Now the bad news: The i30 N Project C will be limited to 600 units and available only to European customers. This hot hatch is just more forbidden fruit to add to the pile. Sigh.

The Project C gets its name from Hyundai’s high-performance “Area C” testing track at the Namyang R&D center in Korea, the official press release reveals. Indeed, you can see a depiction of the track in the camouflage wrap, along with a large stylized “C.” This is place that the Hyundai N division — the Korean automaker’s skunkworks — calls home.

The car will remain under wraps until its September reveal, but we do have some information. The Hyundai i30 N Project C utilizes carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in its construction. Combined with race-inspired 19-inch wheels, the Project C is lighter and more nimble than its i30 N sibling. Hyundai says it tweaked the aerodynamics, but it’s hard to tell through the camo. The Project C does appear to have a more aggressive front splitter.

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This hot hatch is just more forbidden fruit to add to the pile

The standard i30 N produces 275 horsepower and 353 pound-feet of torque with the Performance Package. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is also used in some versions of the Hyundai Veloster, Kia Stinger and Genesis G70 among others. The i30 N packs a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels. A zero to 60 mph run takes about 6 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph. The i30 N’s lightest claimed curb weight is 3,150 pounds.

The 2019 Hyundai i30 N retails for about $32,750 in the U.K. including VAT (value-added tax).

The Project C may owe some of its flavor to the i30 N ‘N Option’ show car that was revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show last October. This concept vehicle gave “a glimpse of Hyundai’s future activities under N,” its press release reads. Though power remained the same, the car featured carbon fiber parts, lightweight wheels wrapped in semi-slick tires, and a unique matte paint job. On the inside were lightweight sport bucket seats, Alcantara trim, performance pedals, and carbon accents.

We know the i30 as the Elantra GT in the U.S., though we have yet to receive a high-performance version. The i30 was the first model to wear the N badge, ahead of the Veloster. We at least got to sample that flavor when the Veloster N appeared on dealer lots at the end of 2018.

Europeans who want more utility to go with their affordable performance can opt for the five-door i30 Fastback N. It’s just not fair.

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