While the high-performance version of the Hyundai Elantra premiered live from South Korea a few months ago, Hyundai today unveils the North American version of its Hyundai Elantra N 2022, the one that will be sold in Canada by the end of the year.
The Hyundai Elantra N 2022 was scheduled to make its first North American appearance at the New York Auto Show. Since it has been canceled for a second year in a row due to the pandemic, the manufacturer has decided to present its latest novelty during an online presentation. The North American model is quite similar to the model unveiled, but there are still some subtleties.
Under the hood, the first high-performance version based on the Elantra will benefit from a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that develops an output of 276 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm. and produces 289 lb-ft of torque at 2,100 rpm. An N Grin Shift (NGS) function allows you to temporarily increase the pressure of the turbocharger and obtain a power equivalent to 286 horsepower.
Good news, two transmissions will be offered, a 6-speed manual including “Rev Hang” RPM maintenance technology and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. According to the manufacturer, the car would be able to go from 0 to 100 km / hour in just over 5.3 seconds.
No all-wheel drive
The Hyundai Elantra N 2022 will stay on the side of sports traction, it will unfortunately not offer all-wheel drive. This is a lot of power that will be sent to the front wheels, but the manufacturer has added a limited slip differential to improve the performance of the vehicle in particular when cornering. To add to the sound of the engine, the Hyundai Elantra N will benefit from a variable valve exhaust system.
Passengers’ ears can also be excited by the NSE (N Sound Equalizer) system which will create a virtual sound in the passenger compartment, simulating the sound of Hyundai Motorsports racing engines. It will even be possible to adjust the tone according to your tastes.
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N will face several renowned sports cars including the Volkswagen Golf GTI and R, Subaru WRX and WRX STI, as well as the Honda Civic Type R whose return was recently confirmed.
On the style side, its uniqueness is underlined by several cosmetic additions and a much more aggressive and completely black fascia. Like Volkswagen, there are red appliques intended to enhance the feeling of sportiness. It’s hard to miss at the rear the imposing fixed spoiler – all the same more subtle than that of the Honda Type R – as well as the oversized double exhaust.
On board, there are also some additions such as the sports steering wheel and suede-covered seats. These provide much more dynamic lateral support that will keep you in place during a more active driving session.
Pricing still hasn’t been released, but Hyundai has gotten us used to very aggressive pricing compared to the competition and often a more generous standard equipment list.