276-HP Hyundai Elantra N Will Debut Next Month

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Photo credit: Hyundai
Photo credit: Hyundai
  • Hyundai has shared the first non-camouflaged photos of the new Elantra N high-performance sedan.

  • We'll know full specs soon, but it's expected to use a 276-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and offer either a manual or a dual-clutch-automatic transmission.

  • The Elantra N will join the Veloster N and Kona N in Hyundai's growing N performance lineup.

Hyundai is sharing the first non-camouflaged images of the upcoming four-door Elantra N high-performance sedan. The new model will join the Kona N crossover and Veloster N hot hatch in the Korean automaker's growing N performance lineup when it's officially revealed in July.

Photo credit: Hyundai
Photo credit: Hyundai

The Elantra N is expected to be powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's found in the Kona N and Veloster N. It makes 276 hp and 289 pound-feet of torque, and the Elantra N will offer either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Below the Elantra N sits the new N-line model, which makes 201 horsepower from a turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

We can see that the N will have a sportier appearance than the Elantra N-line thanks to the addition of a rear spoiler, red trim on the side skirts and bumpers, and large dual exhaust tips, which should provide a raucous exhaust note. It'll also have a stiffer suspension, larger brakes, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

The Elantra N could arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year or early next, and we'll know more information and specs soon. A Hyundai spokesperson told Car and Driver that the U.S. version will be shown at the New York auto show in late August. It should start at around $30,000 and compete with less powerful sporty sedans such as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI and Honda Civic Si.

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