2022 Hyundai Elantra N Debuts With 286 Horsepower

    Hyundai is pushing its high-performance N subbrand into more relevance with the new Elantra N. It joins the Veloster N hatchback and Kona N crossover in the Korean automaker’s lineup as the first full-blown N sedan model. The car you see here is the global version of the Elantra N, but Hyundai confirmed it’s coming to the U.S. and that we will learn more about the car that’s headed stateside when it makes its North American debut in August at the New York auto show.

    All three existing N models share a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque in the Elantra N under normal operation. It’s available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. An overboost function (only on DCT-equipped cars) provides an extra 10 horsepower for 20 seconds and is engaged via a button on the steering wheel. Elantra Ns with the dual-clutch come with a launch control function, and Hyundai claims a zero-to-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Like the other N models, it has a variable exhaust system, but Elantra N models add a virtual engine sound with three adjustable settings.

    The Elantra N comes with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and an independent rear suspension like the less powerful N-Line model (base Elantra models use a torsion beam in the rear). N models also use an integrated drive axle that is stiffer and lighter than a conventional drive axle. They get 19-inch wheels wrapped in 245/35 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and 14.2-inch rotors.

    The Elantra N’s digital gauge cluster displays oil and coolant temps, torque, and boost pressure. And, like the new Kona N, there’s an N mode lap timer integrated into the infotainment that can be linked to a mobile app, too. Optional N bucket seats add a lit-up N emblem in the headrest.

    The Elantra N should arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year or early next year, and we expect it to start at around $30,000.

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