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The Hyundai Elantra N Is Impressively Better Than Expected

The Elantra N shares the same engine and power specs with the other N models, the Veloster N and the Kona N

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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?

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In the rear, it features a wing-type spoiler, a diffuser, an inverted triangle reflector, and a couple of single muffler tips

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.

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Hyundai has added a third vehicle - also the first sedan - to its performance ’N’ lineup, the Elantra N

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.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N specifications
Engine four-cylinder, turbocharged
Power 276 HP
Torque 289 LB-FT
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?

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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.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N exterior dimensions
Length 184.1 inches
Width 71.9 inches
Height 55.7 inches
Wheelbase 107.1 inches
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There is an N mode lap timer in the infotainment system to record your sprints. They can be linked to your phone as well

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?

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0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds; 155 mph top speed
You can have it with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox

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.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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