Hyundai brings the hot Elantra N to the United States

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Following the release of the i30 N, Veloster N, and i20 N, Hyundai is introducing a fourth member of the high-performance N family: the Elantra N. The first N vehicle that’s not a hatchback of a fastback, the Elantra N is the company’s first high-performance sedan (even though it’s closer to a four-door coupe).

The Elantra N is also the second N model in the United States, after the Veloster, and borrows heavily from its hatchback sibling. Just like the Veloster N, the Elantra N will pack a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for more than 270 horsepower.

The Hyundai Elantra N is a hot looking compact sedan

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The seventh-generation Elantra is already one of the hottest looking compact four-doors out there, but the N badge takes things up a notch. Just like the Veloster N, the Elantra N sports a more aggressive front grille with vertical slats and a sharper front bumper with sculpted sides and a big splitter at the bottom.

Around back, features that set it apart include a wing atop the trunk lid and a diffuser-like element flanked by larger and round exhaust pipes. The profile isn’t notably more aggressive than the standard model, but you will notice sportier side skirts, unique and lighter wheels, and a lowered suspension. Like all N models, the Elantra N will be available in the exclusive Performance Blue color. It will also feature red accents on the bumpers, "N" badges front and rear, and black trim and mirror caps.

The Hyundai Elantra N will come with sporty extras inside the cabin

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Like all the other N models out there, the Elantra N will be a regular Elantra with a few sporty extras.

Notable features will include sportier front seats, blue stitching all over the place, and a shift time indicator on the instrument cluster.

Both the instrument cluster and infotainment displays will feature a few unique menus that will enable you to monitor the car’s performance. Hyundai will also offer a pair of optional lightweight seats with "N" badges to keep weight down and provide additional lateral support for spirited driving. Also look for metal pedals, blue seatbelts, leather seats, and upholstery in either cloth or artificial suede.

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The options list should include the new 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the latest version of Bluelink with services such as Connected Routing, Last Mile Navigation, live parking information, and a new user profile feature. The Performance Driving Data System will include update graphics to display information on horsepower, torque, turbo boost, and lap and acceleration timer. You will also be able to order a heated steering wheel and heated front seats for enhanced comfort.

The Hyundai Elantra N will pack up to 272 horsepower

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The Elantra N will share internals with the i30 N and Veloster N. This means that it will hide a beefed-up Theta II engine under the hood. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill will reportedly generate 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque.

That’s an extra horsepower and an additional 29 pound-feet compared to the Veloster N and identical power and torque to the facelifted i30 N, both fitted with the Performance Package.

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No word on whether the Elantra N will also be available without the performance bundle, but if it happens, it will come with 250 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist on tap.

Sharing with the Veloster N continues beyond the engine. The Elantra N will also feature a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but you’ll be able to order the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic for an extra cost. The twist-beam rear axle is being replaced by a race-bred multi-link suspension, the springs are stiffer, while all wheels will feature adaptive dampers. Stopping power will come from bigger brake rotors measuring 13.6 inches in the front and 12.4 inches in the rear.

How much will the Hyundai Elantra N cost?

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Pricing is not yet official, but the Elantra N should start from around $33,000. For reference, the entry-level Elantra comes in at $19,650, while the range-topping Elantra Limited fetches $25,450 before options.

Ciprian Florea
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