Hyundai Sonata N-Line To Offer At Least 290 Horsepower

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, Automotive Editor - December 6, 2019

The new 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a looker, and the South Korean automaker is looking to boost its performance with an N-Line performance variant. Early reports indicated that the Sonata N-Line would have at least 275 horsepower. Now, Car & Driver has some more specifications to share, and it’s more than we expected.

According to the outlet, the Sonata N-Line will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that will make at least 290 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Official figures for the engine aren’t out yet, as Hyundai is still finalizing engine calibration. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that, reportedly, will also be fitted to the Hyundai Veloster N.

A more powerful engine over the regular Sonata won’t be the only thing the Sonata N-Line gets, though. The sedan will also have different anti-roll bars, dampers, and springs with a ride height that’s lowered by 0.2 inches. Larger brakes and available Continental Premium Contact 6 summer tires will also be included in the mix.

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Joining the vehicle’s performance parts will be a slew of exterior changes. These will include things like a quad exhaust system, an aggressive body kit, special N-Line badges, dark chrome trim, and an entirely new front fascia, reports Car & Driver.

There will be a large difference between the upcoming Sonata N-Line and the full-blown Veloster N. The Veloster N, and any other N cars to follow, are built to handle heavy track use. N-Line models, like the Sonata N-Line, are more about bringing more performance for street use.

When the Sonata N-Line arrives, it will go up against the Toyota Camry TRD and the Honda Accord Sport. Power-wise, the Sonata N-Line fits between the two – the Camry TRD has a 301-hp 3.5-liter V6 with a sporty exhaust system, while the Accord Sport can be fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 252 hp.

Suspension wise, the Camry TRD is 0.6 inches lower than a regular Camry and has new anti-roll bars. It also comes with Bridgestone Potenza summer tires and 19-inch matte-black wheels. The Accord Sport doesn’t have the same kind of extensive performance parts as the other two, but it does come with a quicker steering ratio, upgraded anti-roll bars, slightly larger tires, and 19-inch wheels. Out of the three, the Accord is the only model that has a manual transmission option. Nothing about the Sonata N-Line is certain, but we’re pretty sure Hyundai will keep the model an automatic-only case.

From the few specs that we have on the Sonata N-Line, the vehicle is shaping up to be quite a compelling option for consumers that want an athletic sedan, but don’t want something overly sport. The sedan is expected to go on sale next fall.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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