Watch the Elantra N get pushed hard at the Nurburgring.
A few days ago, Hyundai unveiled the new high-performance Kona N crossover. In the US, this is the second Hyundai model to get the N treatment after the venerable Veloster N, but it certainly won't be the last. Just a few days after the Kona N's world debut, Hyundai has been caught testing its next high-performance machine: the Elantra N. While the Elantra N-Line already offers sharper handling and sportier styling, the full-fat N version will be a proper sports sedan with more power to play with.
As the development of the sports sedan continues, a prototype has been caught on video being put through its paces at the Nurburgring during a testing session. The tires squeal in protest throughout the video, so it sounds like the prototype was being pushed to its limits.
It also sounds pleasingly savage thanks to the crackle and pop of the exhaust. Under the hood, the Hyundai Elantra N will be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Veloster N producing 276 hp. This is a welcome boost over the Elantra N Line, which generates 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque from a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. In the US, the Elantra N will be offered with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The prototype is fully camouflaged, but aerodynamic upgrades such as a rear spoiler and a new front splitter will make the Elantra N look more aggressive.
Inside, the Elantra N will come with a 10.3-inch touchscreen and a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard along with the sports steering wheel from the Veloster N. Other upgrades will include electronically controlled suspension and a limited-slip differential.
Hyundai hasn't confirmed when the Elantra N will debut, but we're guessing later this year. When it goes on sale, expect to pay a price premium over the Elantra N Line, which starts at $24,100. We're expecting it to cost around $32,000 like the Veloster N. By 2022, Hyundai will launch as many as seven new N and N-Line models.