The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Looks Hot as Hell, Has the Engine to Back It Up

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Hyundai dropped some info on its upcoming N and N Line models (including the Hyundai Tucson N Line), and while all the news is relatively exciting, these teaser shots of the upcoming 2021 Hyundai Elantra N have our pulse racing. There’s no denying the Veloster N, our first full N model on these shores, is a serious piece of machinery, nipping on the heels of the latest Honda Civic Type R. We’re expecting its sedan counterpart to adopt its hardware and hopefully its plucky, entertaining attitude in N form.

Note that this isn’t the Elantra N Line (blue, pictured below), which is an upgraded version that doesn’t rise to the full N treatment. Think of that model as the Honda Civic Si to the full N’s Civic Type R. The Elantra N Line packs a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, and importantly it’s available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The Elantra N Line does get some sporty aesthetic touches, and instead of the torsion beam suspension on lowlier models it adopts a fully-independent rear setup for better handling. But, it’s a different animal.

The Elantra N, we’ve confirmed, will be a much hotter animal, with a massaged version of the Veloster N hatchback’s powertrain wrapped in the 2021 Elantra‘s striking new body. That means a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making a solid 276 hp and 289 lb-ft of torque paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 2.0 will exhale through a larger-bore active exhaust system. Note that the torque figure is higher in the Elantra N than in the Veloster N—289 lb-ft compared to 260 lb-ft—and the horsepower increase is a negligible 1 hp. It’s also likely the DCT versions will get the Veloster N’s “N Grin Shift” overboost function, which jacks up the vehicle’s torque even further for 20 seconds.

To aid in putting down the power, the front-drive Elantra N will utilize the electronically-controlled “N Corner Carving” limited-slip differential. Braking will be provided by 13.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors, the same as what’s on the Veloster N.   As expected, the Elantra N will utilize the multi-link independent rear suspension as found on the N Line, rather than the torsion beam setup found on base Elantras. 19-inch wheels will be fitted, instead of the 15-17 inch rollers on lesser Elantras, too.

We hope the 2021 Elantra N adopts all the latest bits (and higher standard power) of the latest Veloster N, but it’s too early to say for sure. What can be said is look out: The Elantra N is no N Line. Read More

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