Hyundai Elantra N Revealed- Now Produces 276HP
The Hyundai Elantra N has been a long time coming, and the Korean automaker has finally unveiled the full-fledged performance version of the Elantra to the world. The Hyundai Elantra N shares many of its underpinnings with the Hyundai i30 N hot-hatch, and in some places, such as Australia, it is also referred to as the i30 N sedan. The car we’re looking at is based on the latest seventh-generation Elantra, which has yet to hit Indian showrooms.
Let’s start with what’s under the hood, as this is a performance sedan. The Hyundai Elantra N is powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine seen in other Hyundai N performance cars including the i30 N and Kona N. This engine has a 5mm bigger turbine wheel on the Elantra N, and it produces 276hp and 392Nm of torque. The front wheels are driven by either an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Hyundai Elantra N receives a weight-saving integrated drive axle inspired by the WRC.
The drive modes on the Elantra N are called N Grin Shift, N Power Shift, and N Track Sense Shift, just like they are on other N models with DCTs. The boost pressure from the engine is raised in the N Grin Shift mode and with launch control, bringing power output up to 285hp and giving the Elantra N a 0-100 kph sprint time of 5.3 seconds. It also has an electronic limited-slip differential dubbed the “N Corner Carving Different” by Hyundai.
Hyundai has taken advantage of its WRC experience, equipping the Elantra N with a WRC-inspired integrated drive axle that merges the drive shaft, wheel hub, and bearing, reducing weight by 1.7kg and enhancing lateral grip. The Elantra N has electronically adjustable suspension to help with performance. It works in tandem with a dual-compound trailing arm bush to improve riding and handling balance while reducing NVH.
The N Sound Equalizer option on the Hyundai Elantra N may simulate the sound of TCR race cars.
360mm discs at all four corners provide braking power, using Hyundai’s own high-friction material pads that have proven to be incredibly robust, according to the automaker. Hyundai has even designed a cooling duct on the front fascia with a brake air passage structure to aid in brake cooling. For further structural rigidity, the Elantra N gets four-point strut rings and rear stiff bars.
The Hyundai Elantra N’s N Sound Equalizer option, which artificially pushes engine sound into the cabin and can even simulate the sound of a TCR race car, is one of the car’s finest party tricks. In reality, the equalizer allows drivers to fine-tune the whining, throat, and bass levels. The automobile has a variable exhaust system like other Hyundai N models, which crackles and pops.
Hyundai didn’t have to make any major alterations for the full-fledged N model because the new-generation Elantra already has a wedge-shaped stance and edgy, razor-sharp appearance. It nevertheless gets a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes, a new splitter, and numerous blacked-out aesthetic elements. The window line has been painted gloss black, and the vehicle has new side skirts. The fixed rear wing, as well as the twin exhaust tips and a rear diffuser, look fantastic at the back. The custom 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with Pirelli PZero tires are also very appealing.
The inside of the Elantra N is identical to that of the normal Elantra, but it has a few N-specific features.
The Elantra N’s interior is largely similar to that of the basic sedan, with a few notable differences. The most significant change is an N-model-specific steering wheel with mounted controls and an upgraded infotainment system that shows performance-related data including oil and coolant temperatures, torque, and turbo pressures. Sportier graphics are also included in the instrument cluster, as well as a separate lap timer. Reinforced bolsters have also been added to the seats. Customers can also choose between bucket seats that are 10mm lower.
Hyundai has no immediate plans to deliver its full-fledged N performance cars to India. However, as we previously reported, Hyundai will launch its N performance brand in India with a limited number of N Line cars. The Hyundai i20 N Line, in fact, has been spotted testing on our roads several times and is likely to hit the market in the coming months.