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July 14, 2021

The 280-Horsepower Hyundai Elantra N Is Ready To Hunt Down Civic Type Rs

Hyundai wants a piece of that hot hatch/sedan pie, and now, they’ve unveiled the 280-horsepower Elantra N to do it. Completing the Hyundai N brand’s line-up of “everyday sports car,” the Elantra N features over 40 major enhancements to the regular Elantra all to enhance driving performance.

The Elantra N features a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 280 horsepower (290 horsepower for a limited time) and 392 Nm of torque. More than peak power, Hyundai N engineers were able to flatten the power band (it’s called flat power technology) meaning peak output arrives at around 5,500 rpm and is sustained to red line.

This flat power engine is mated with an 8-speed wet dual clutch transmission (DCT) giving it a top speed of 250 km/h and a 0 to 100 km/h run of just 5.3 seconds.

Completing its powertrain enhancements is a variable exhaust valve system which delivers the distinctive “popcorn” and “bang” sounds.

Moving to handling, the Elantra N is further supported by the N Corner Carving Differential (e-LSD, electronic Limited Slip Differential) with launch control. For the first time ever in a Hyundai, it has an integrated drive axle (IDA), inspired by technology used in WRC rally cars. By integrating the drive shaft, wheel hub and bearing, there’s a weight reduction of 1.7 kilograms. Yet, it’s much stronger—withstanding extreme lateral g-forces. It also has a dual compound insulator mounted to the front suspension as well as four-point strut rings and rear stiff bars to enhance rigidity.

To shine in the corners, the Elantra N provides robust braking performance. The 360-mm brake discs are equipped with high-friction material pads to ensure best-in-class braking performance. Furthermore, a cooling hole is applied to the dust cover along with a brake air guide structure to improve cooling efficiency and the area is also optimized to vent heat from braking friction. Attention has been paid to every detail so that consistent braking force can be maintained even in harsh driving conditions.

Lastly, Elantra N is the first N vehicle to use 245-size Michelin PS4S tires on 19-inch wheels in support of dynamic driving performance.

Further communicating the Elantra N’s sportiness is its revised exterior styling which takes inspiration from “the battle-ready appearance of a driver’s helmet.” The N red strip which starts at the bottom of the front bumper continues along the side skirts, while a wing-type spoiler and aggressive rear diffuser support optimal aerodynamic performance. A dual single muffler tip, reminiscent of a Formula One car, neatly finish Elantra N’s high-performance image.

Inside, the Elantra N displays performance-related parameters such as oil and coolant temperatures, torque and turbo pressure in the cluster. There’s even a lap timer in the infotainment as well. The N-specific interior neatly conveys the N family look with the application of N-branded elements, including the steering wheel, shifter, seats, door scuff panels, and metal pedals. The N seats, has reinforced bolsters, so that even if strong lateral acceleration occurs during sharp cornering, it firmly supports the upper and lower body to maintain a stable driving posture at all times. In addition, an optional N bucket seat with N emblem lighting has a position that is lower by 10 mm, designed for customers who pursue high-performance drivability. The N light bucket seat reduces the seat back thickness by 50 mm compared to the base model, further highlighting best-in-class rear seat roominess and practicality.

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N will be released starting by the end of the year.

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