Hyundai Reveals Elantra N Performance Specs

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, Automotive Editor - July 16, 2021

Hyundai continues to crank out high-performance N models with the latest edition to the family being the Elantra N. With Honda deciding not to offer a Civic Si model for the 2021 model year, it seems like Hyundai’s release of the Elantra N couldn’t have come at a better time. With the same powertrain as the raucous Veloster N and Kona N, but in the recently redesigned Elantra’s body, the latest N promises to pack a punch.

All three of Hyundai’s N models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Going with the automatic transmission brings an overboots function, which can be engaged on the steering wheel, that provides an extra 10 hp for 20 seconds. With the quick-shifting automatic and its available launch control unction, the Elantra N can get to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Where the Elantra N differs from the other N models is that it has a virtual engine sound system with three different settings.

Beyond the punchy engine, the Elantra N comes with 19-inch wheels, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, 14.2-inch brake rotors, electronically controlled dampers, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and an independent rear suspension. These features will ensure the Elantra N corners and brakes just as purposefully as it accelerates in a straight line.

On the inside, the Elantra N features sportier seats with more aggressive bolstering and a thick, small-diameter steering wheel with easy-to-access performance buttons. It looks like the Elantra N will come with a lot of the same high-tech features as the regular Elantra, which will include a 10.3-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. We’re sure the high-performance Elantra will also come with a host of standard safety features, though the automaker only released information on the global model and not the U.S.-bound vehicle.

Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing for the Elantra N yet, but we expect it to cost slightly more than the Veloster N that’s priced at $33,245 with destination. With more tech features and a traditional sedan body style, we expect the Elantra N to be a more popular vehicle than the Veloster N.

With the Honda Civic Si no longer on sale, the Elantra N’s closest rival will be the new 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI. That hatchback comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 241 hp. Hot hatchbacks like the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP and Honda Civic Type R offer more performance, but will certainly cost more. When Honda introduces a new Civic Si model that’s based on the all-new Civic, we’re sure the Japanese automaker will use the Elantra N as a benchmark, as those two vehicles are expected to be direct competitors.

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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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