It's sooner than you think.
If you had told someone ten years ago that Hyundai would be a frontrunner in the World Rally Championship, and that it was building class-leading performance cars, they'd most likely laugh in your face. Well, no one is laughing at the amazing progress this Korean manufacturer has made in the last couple of years. While the brand pushes forward with ground-breaking developments in the world of motorsports, it is also continuously improving on its line of N performance cars. Last year Hyundai slipped that the upcoming Elantra N could be coming, and earlier this month, the manufacturer gave us another little tease, but now an official reveals date has been set for July 14.
In a fifteen-second video, the brand shows a pen furiously drawing on a piece of paper, with the menacing sound of an exhaust in the background. The video finally reveals that the pen was drawing the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The Elantra N appears in the N logo for a split second, which is all the info we need.
The Nurburgring has long been the preferred testing ground for manufacturers keen on perfecting the driving dynamics of performance cars, and is considered to be one of the toughest tracks in the world, hence its nickname 'The Green Hell'.
The Elantra is already offered with an N Line package that boosts the power of its 1.6-liter engine to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The full-blooded N is expected to boost that power up to 276 hp and 289 lb-ft of torque thanks to a 2.0-liter unit also used in the Veloster N and will send that power to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. An overboost feature that will increase power for around 20 seconds is also expected. Expect to pay around $32,00 for the N when it arrives in the US.