Yes, Europe (brushed broadly to include the U.K.) has far more history to enjoy but also far more centuries to encompass which creates all the history. I could easily spend months just in the U.K. and likely would do just that if I ever won the lotto or something. I feel far more comfortable with that idea, and the same with Australia, than any others.
To an American, a 100 years is a long time.
To an European, a 100 miles is a long distance.
The Americas actually have as much history as Europe. It is just some of the cultures may not have been as diligent as the Europeans in recording stuff, and the Europeans were too busy subjugating the natives to learn it.
Back the OP, the US gets the i30, it is just called an Elantra GT. So getting a high performance version would not be difficult. The hurdle wouldn't have anything to do with the car, but with the fact that Hyundai is hurting here in having a car heavy line up when everybody wants a crossover.
From Santa Monica, CA. to Neptune Beach, FL., basically one end of Interstate 10 to the other and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, is approximately 2,445 miles. Of that, 878 miles or 35.9% is in Texas. The remainder is divided among 7 states, FL, AL, MS, LA, NM, AZ and CA.