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Race-ready Hyundai RN30 concept debuts in Paris

It's like SEMA's come early this year! Hyundai transforms its new i30 hatchback into a racing concept car.

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Hyundai debuted the new generation i30 hatchback in Paris this week, but it was quickly eclipsed...

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The RN30 takes the i30 hatchback's profile and remixes it into a polished racing concept.

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The racecar sits about 3 inches lower than the production model and rides over an inch wider.

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19-inch forged racing wheels save weight while performance brakes add stopping power.

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The body is composed of lightweight, high-performance plastic that Hyundai and chemical company BASF claims is as light as carbon fiber, but more durable.

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The RN30's aerodynamics generate downforce at speed.

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All of the details, including the headlamps and taillights, have been tweaked.

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The 2.0-liter engine gets a larger turbocharger and forged components.

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Output is now stated at 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque.

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The engine is mated to a wet-type dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

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A twin ceramic exhaust is integrated into the massive rear diffuser.

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The RN30 shared the stage along with the RN16 and an i20 WRC car here in Paris -- looks like Hyundai is taking performance seriously. Click through for more pics from the .

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