(By Tom Lohnes) – Hot on the heels of the Hyundai Veloster being discontinued for the 2022 model year, Hyundai reveals the awesome Elantra N sports sedan. Does it make up for the Veloster? Yes, yes it does.
Looking way angrier than the standard Elantra, the N backs up that look by utilizing a 276-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that is quite an upgrade from the 201 hp that was previously in the most powerful Elantra, the N-line. Hyundai actually understands the buyers for this car, so they offer both a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed DCT, which were both engineered to be equally good at different things, so there’s no real benefit to either. Inside, the Elantra N gets some very nice suede bucket seats, along with a N-specific digital gauge cluster that is far different than the one in the standard model.
With all this power going to the front wheels, how fast Is it? Well, Hyundai claims the Elantra N equipped with the DCT can do 60 in 5.3 seconds, which is quicker than its biggest rival, the Honda Civic Type R.
So, will you buy an Elantra N? Prices start at a hair above $30,000, so it’s definitely affordable.