The Elantra N shares the same engine and power specs with the other N models, the Veloster N and the Kona Nby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 03:59
Hyundai is trying hard to make its performance ‘N’ division more mainstream. The automaker has infused the Elantra with the ‘N’ steroids to come up with its first high-performance sedan. The company has taken the wraps off the global version of the Elantra N, but confirmed that it will come to the U.S. as well. The U.S.-spec Elantra N will debut at the New York Auto Show that’s slated for August 2021.
What Powers The Hyundai Elantra N?
The Elantra N shares its drivetrain with the other N models in the lineup – the Veloster N and the Kona N. This is a four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that displaces two liters. The power outputs are also the same as the other two; 276 ponies and 289 pound-feet of twist. You can have it with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
If you opt for the automatic, an Overboost function will be offered that makes 10 extra horses for 20 seconds.
In Hyundai’s speak, it’s called the N Grin Shift. This can be engaged via a button on the steering wheel. Reminds you of scenes from Fast and Furious movies, doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure Elantra has aimed at giving you the same vibes. Not sure if you’ll be pushed back into the seat or you’ll have to push yourself back into the seat for the dramatic effect. Anyway, I digress.
Coming to the performance specs, the Hyundai Elantra N can sprint to 62 mph from rest in 5.3 seconds. The top speed is rated at 155 mph. Despite the same engine and power outputs, it is slower than the Veloster N, which takes 4.8 seconds to 60 mph. Additionally, the N sedan will also come with a variable exhaust setup for the pops and bangs, an electronically limited-slip differential, and an independent rear suspension system. Not to mention, the sedan also features a Launch Control system. The automaker has noted that the integrated drive axle is stiffer and lighter, too.
|Transmission||six-speed manual/eight-speed dual-clutch|
|0 to 60 mph||5.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
What’s Different About The Hyundai Elantra N?
It is based on the standard Elantra but comes with a few differentiating factors. For starters, there’s a lip spoiler and a red stripe on the front bumper and extends into the side skirts. At the rear, the car comes with a wing-type spoiler and a diffuser for aero purposes. Besides this, the car features an inverted triangle reflector and a dual-single muffler tip. The Elantra N rides on 19-inch wheels wrapped in 245/35 section Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
The Elantra N measures 184.1 inches in length, 71.9 inches in width, and 55.7 inches in height. The wheelbase is 107.1 inches long.
On the inside, the Elantra N comes with performance-related upgrades. The digital instrument cluster displays the oil and coolant temperature, boost pressure, and torque. There is an N mode lap timer in the infotainment system to record your sprints. The same information can be displayed on your mobile as well. A lot of stuff will be available as optional, including N bucket seats with illuminated logo in the headrest. The backrest of these seats will be two inches slimmer and they will be placed 0.4 inches lower than the standard seats.
How Much Will The Hyundai Elantra N Cost?
There’s no word on the pricing yet, but the U.S.-spec Hyundai Elantra could start between $30,000 and $35,000.
As mentioned earlier, the U.S.-spec Hyundai Elantra N will debut at the New York Auto Show in August 2021.