After being teased a few months ago, the high-performance 2022 Hyundai Elantra N has finally made its debut and it’s ready to compete with the likes of the Subaru WRX and even a few hot hatches like the Honda Civic Type R.
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N sports a more aggressive design that’s fit for a sports sedan. The front bumper is unique to the Elantra N, and it’s characterized by its wide grille and an all-black face. This is then flanked by a pair of LED headlights. There are also large side vents, though more than half of its surface area is actually fake. The front chin, side skirts, and rear skirt are finished in red, while the rear bumper features an F1-style third brake light.
The interior of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N also features a number of upgrades, such as the sport bucket seats and also the folding rear seats. In its place are fixed rear seats due to the addition of a strut brace just behind the rear seats. Other upgrades include a revised version of Hyundai’s infotainment system that now features a number of sport displays, as well as a dedicated lap timer and even a Hyundai N app that’s connected to the driver’s smartphone.
Like many modern high-performance cars nowadays, the Elantra N has engine noises being pumped in through the speakers. Called the N Sound Equalizer, the engine note can be adjusted through an equalizer in three settings called whine, throat, and bass. The software can even mimic the Elantra N TCR racecar’s noises if the driver wishes.
From the outside, the engine note has also been improved through its new variable exhaust that makes the engine sound more refined while idling, but also maintaining its pops and crackles that N high-performance cars have been known for.
Speaking of the engine, powering the Elantra N is a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo gasoline engine that also powers other Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Thanks to the larger turbo, the engine produces 276 hp and 392 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Like many N high-performance cars, the Elantra N is equipped with N Grin Shift. This moe temporarily increases boost pressure from the turbo, letting the engine produce 285 hp and accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 5.3 seconds.
As a way to counteract the limits of a front-wheel drive (FWD) layout, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential called N Corner Carving Differential. The new integrated drive axle of the Elantra N also reduces weight by 1.7 kg thanks to the driveshaft, wheel hub, and bearing being integrated into a single component. This also enables better lateral grip.
The Elantra N also has 360-mm brake discs that are equipped with high-friction material pads to ensure best-in-class braking performance for high-performance vehicles. Various cooling methods were also developed for these brakes such as a cooling hole in the dust cover along with a brake air guide structure to improve cooling efficiency.
Lastly, the Elantra N also gets an electronically-controlled suspension, which offers a wide range of damping forces based on speed, driver input, road condition, and driving modes. Hyundai also applied for the first time a dual compound insulator to the front suspension. Combined with the dual compound trailing arm bush, the Elantra N’s ride, handling, and refinement characteristics all have been improved.
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is expected to go on sale in a number of global markets around the world. We can only hope that Hyundai Philippines does offer this high-performance sedan to our market.