This hot sedan is all about performance and practicality.
Hyundai has remained true to its word in the performance department. Introducing the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N, a far more powerful and performance-focused version of the popular compact sedan developed by the N division. It's a driver's car designed and built by enthusiasts. So let's get started with the details.
Power comes by way of the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's been cranked up to spit out 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. A system called N Grin Shift (NGS) boosts pressure to temporarily increase output to 286 hp for short intervals. A simple push of a button on the steering makes this happen. A six-speed manual or an eight-speed wet dual-clutch unit directs power to the front wheels only, and an electronic limited-slip differential (e-LSD) helps the front wheels deal with that power by reducing understeer. Hyundai claims a 0-62 mph time of only 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Launch Control and a Variable Exhaust Valve System that'll delight your audio senses is also standard gear. But it's not all about straight-line shooting; Hyundai has tacked on an integrated drive axle similar to what's used on WRC rally cars. This makes the car better at withstanding extreme lateral g-forces and cuts down front-end weight. It's the first time such a system has been used on a Hyundai road car and we doubt it'll be the last.
Worried about stopping? Don't be. The 14.1-inch brake discs have high-friction pads to "ensure best-in-class braking performance." There are also cooling ducts to help vent heat from braking friction. Four-point strut rings and rear stiff bars have been applied to strengthen overall body rigidity. At all four corners, you'll find Michelin Pilot 4S tires covering 19-inch wheels. Engineers even added the N Sound Equalizer, aka artificial engine sounds being pumped into the cabin.
Step inside the cabin and you'll find plenty of upgrades such as a lap timer, unique graphic interface, and vital data for oil and coolant temperatures, as well as torque and turbo pressure all contained within the infotainment system. It wouldn't be a true performance car without the must-have upgraded light bucket seats with additional bolster support and plenty of N branding found on the steering wheel, shifter, seats, and metal pedals.
Exterior visual and aero upgrades include a new front fascia with a lip spoiler, rear spoiler, and diffuser. No pricing has been announced and sales are expected to begin by the end of this year.