2022 Hyundai Elantra N Debuts as a 276 hp turbocharged sports sedan Sedan | MiniAuto

Starting price: $35,000

We've been hooked on the new Elantra N ever since Hyundai let us debut in a prototype late last year. Making its global debut on Tuesday, the N carries the same aggressive styling of the Veloster N hatchback with all the style and sophistication of Hyundai's redesigned Elantra sedan.

As expected, the big news here is what's under the hood. It's no surprise that the Elantra N uses the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the brand's other performance models. In the Elantra N, it's good for 276 hp (206 kilowatts) sent to the wheels via an available six-speed manual transmission. It's also offered with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, but it's the wet transmission that does the quick shifts and takes the Elantra N to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. An e-LSD trick helps the front wheels handle that power while minimizing downforce.

A limited-slip differential manages power at the front axle and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245/35-series summer tires provide good grip at all four corners. Behind the N-specific 19-inch wheels, you'll find bigger brakes and everything about this car has been radically improved. The suspension is stiffer, the steering ratio is quicker, and there are several selectable driving modes, including a full N performance setting accessed by a large blue button on the steering wheel.

Power isn't the only hit on the Elantra N's sleeve. For better acceleration and cornering, the Elantra N uses an integrated drive shaft unlike what you'll find on WRC cars. Hyundai says this arrangement is better at handling loads inside while also reducing the weight a bit from the front. 14.1-inch front rotor with upgraded brake pads and improved cooling ducts for faster spin. Upgraded bushings and isolators are found in the suspension, along with additional chassis and rear stiffeners for added rigidity. And Hyundai doesn't skimp on tires, with 245/35ZR 19 Michelin Pilot 4S rubber in all four corners.

Speaking of that helmet, it's small in diameter with a nice, thick brim, complete with a bright red engine start button on the lower right part. Elsewhere inside the cabin, the N gets upgraded sport seats that are more spacious, and you can get all the same infotainment technology as on the standard Elantra, including a touchscreen infotainment system. 10.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and some N-specific performance pages. The Elantra N will also feature plenty of driver-assistance tech, though we'll have to wait for the specs details. official US technical specifications, to be revealed later this year.

That's the crux of the performance upgrade, but Hyundai has packed in some neat features for enthusiasts. A feature called N Grin Shift (NGS) temporarily reduces boost pressure on the engine, increasing it by 10 hp during short sprints. Engineers also pump various artificial engine sounds through the car if the driver and passenger are interested in such things, but remember all the Nurburgring spy videos of Elantra N prototypes turning on and shooting like crazy? It's a Changeable Exhaust Valve System and it's definitely not a man-made system. If you want to drive an angry Elantra, just fire up the system and enjoy.

Outside, the Elantra N has a solid look with its heavily sculpted front end, magenta sill extensions and small rear spoiler. A pronounced diffuser includes larger tailpipes and there's a changed exhaust system, which we fully expect delivers the same bangs, clicks and booms as the Veloster N.

However, Hyundai says the Elantra comes with something called an N Sound Equalizer which, according to the automaker, "is a virtual engine sound that not only provides driving sounds that are representative of Hyundai Motorsports, such as such as: TCR race car sound, but also has an equalizer function that allows the driver to make detailed adjustments to each band (groan, throat, bass), taking into account personal preference." "this allows the driver to hear a more realistic and vivid engine sound while driving", but fake noise is still fake noise.

Inside, the Elantra N has a lap timer for the infotainment system and other key displays for things like engine oil and coolant temperature. Naturally, you get upgraded seats with extra boosted support and plenty of N markings to remind you that you're not an air-powered Elantra. The exterior is arguably the least dynamic part of the N facelift, featuring a front bumper with a chin spoiler, a prominent rear spoiler, and a rear bumper with a diffuser.

Hyundai hasn't released any official pricing information yet, but we expect it to start right around $35,000, making it more expensive than the Veloster N but cheaper than rivals like the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen. Golf R . The less powerful N Series will go on sale first, but look for the 2022 Elantra N to hit US shores

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Debuts as a 276 hp turbocharged sports sedan Sedan | MiniAuto  2022 Hyundai Elantra N Debuts as a 276 hp turbocharged sports sedan Sedan | MiniAuto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on July 14, 2021 Rating: 5

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