This car sounds incredible.
The Veloster N is an exciting vehicle for Hyundai, proving that the Korean automaker can go toe-to-toe with the best hot hatchbacks on the market. Now, Hyundai is set to introduce a slew of new N models including a Kona N and the recently-spied Elantra N. Based on the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra, the Elantra N is set to borrow the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Veloster N, likely producing the same 275 horsepower output.
Even with power only going out to the front wheels, the Elantra N should be in a league of its own in the performance sedan segment until a next-generation Subaru WRX arrives on the market. We know the Elantra N should be a hoot to drive but now we know it will sound incredible as well.
A recent spy video, from which the latest spy shots of the Elantra N were taken, displays how amazing this new performance sedan will sound. Like the Veloster N, the Elantra N's exhaust has been tuned to crackle and pop like a WRC rally car. The video shows a prototype accelerating away, accompanied by a ferociously loud exhaust note. An upshift is captured on video with two loud pops from the exhaust followed by a loud crackle as the driver takes their foot off the accelerator pedal.
Some additional footage following behind the car confirms that the exhaust sounds properly loud even when the driver isn't accelerating quickly through traffic. The actual exhaust clip is very short and the analysis in the video is in Korean but it still gives us a good sense of what the Elantra N will sound like. Unless the upcoming Subaru WRX packs some serious changes to its exhaust, we doubt it will sound as ferocious as this new Elantra N. We also expect the upcoming Kona N to be this loud and include the benefit of an all-wheel-drive system.