Hyundai Elantra N Sounds Fantastic At Full Throttle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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