And it will be even wilder than the Veloster N.
Hyundai's N division made a big splash with the Veloster N, but the carmaker's performance tuning arm has even more impressive products in the pipeline. Rumors have been circulating that the 2020 Sonata will spawn two performance variants - both an N and an N-Line. While a lower N-Line is still a possibility, and insider source at Hyundai (who wishes to remain anonymous) has confirmed to CarBuzz the performance Sonata will be a fully-fledged N model.
Our source confirmed the Sonata N will use a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a new eight-speed wet-clutch DCT. This is the same transmission seen testing in the Veloster N, which is currently being developed because Hyundai's current dry clutch DCT can't handle the torque of the new 2.5T engine.
According to our source, the new dual-clutch transmission isn't quite ready yet, so we may not see it until the 2021 Veloster N. It may also make an appearance in the rumored Kona N. Hyundai is also gauging the reception of the Veloster N Performance SEMA concept and may put into production on a limited-run basis.
Hyundai has been hinting at an upcoming halo performance model ever since a mid-engined prototype called the RM16 N (pictured above) was spied at the Nurburgring. Our source revealed that while the halo car is still coming, it's "nowhere near production."
This halo model will be mid-engined, but unlike the RM16 N, it may not be a hatchback. Hyundai is testing a few potential body styles for the mid-engined halo car but our source says the biggest concern is "keeping costs down, as they don't want to price it into luxury territory." So while we may not see a production version for a while, we can look forward to an affordable mid-engined halo car from Hyundai.