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      07-13-2021, 11:12 PM   #1
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Hyundai Unveils the new Elantra N Performance Sport Sedan

Hyundai Motor’s Elantra N Debuts, Delivers Highest Level of N Performance Yet
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SEOUL, July 14, 2021 – Hyundai Motor Company’s high-performance N brand today unveiled its Elantra N (sold as Avante N in Korea) in a digital world premiere (https://www.youtube.com/hyundainworldwide). The hot sedan completes the N brand lineup of ‘everyday sports cars.’

Elantra N is a high-performance variant of the All New Elantra, released in April 2020. It adds strong, dynamic driving capability and aggressive design elements on top of the sporty standard model.

In a video released today, Hyundai Motor’s N brand provides details of over 40 N elements applied to Elantra N through a story about a boy falling in love with cars, and visually reveals the excellence of this everyday sports car, which has been tuned precisely to enhance driving performance.

At the end of the video, N brand teases that it will participate in another endurance race with a car that combines a hydrogen fuel cell and an electric battery.

“Pairing hydrogen and battery power could open up very interesting future options for Hyundai in motorsports and beyond,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “Hydrogen can be used as a range extender or a power booster. We have the technology available and I am quite confident that we will make this happen.”

First high-performance N sedan takes driving enthusiasts from street to circuit
Elantra N is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo flat power engine with a 52-mm turbine wheel, which is 5 mm larger in diameter than before, and a 12.5-mm2 turbine passage with an area increased by 2.5 mm2. These enhancements, along with the optimization of the shape and material of the cylinder lock, improve both the performance and durability of the engine. As a result, the flat power technology maintains the maximum output from about 5,500 rpm for brisk acceleration.

Elantra N’s flat power engine is mated with an 8-speed wet dual clutch transmission (DCT), delivering maximum output of 280 horsepower (ps) and maximum torque of 40 kgf·m. With N Grin Shift (NGS), the boost pressure increases, temporarily enhancing output up to 290 ps. As a result, Elantra N achieves a top speed of 250 km/h and runs 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.

Elantra N’s spirited performance is further supported by N Corner Carving Differential (e-LSD, electronic Limited Slip Differential), Variable Exhaust Valve System and Launch Control—all of which are specialized, high-performance features that are applied as standard. For DCT models, N Grin Shift (NGS), N Power Shift (NPS) and N Track Sense Shift (NTS) are provided as standard features to maximize driving pleasure.

To shine in the corners, Elantra N provides robust braking performance. The 360-mm brake discs are equipped with high-friction material pads to ensure best-in-class braking performance for high-performance vehicles. Furthermore, a cooling hole is applied to the dust cover along with a brake air guide structure to improve cooling efficiency and the area is also optimized to vent heat from braking friction. Attention has been paid to every detail so that consistent braking force can be maintained even in harsh driving conditions.

In Elantra N, there are features implemented for the first time in an N model that also stand out.

For the first time ever in a Hyundai, Elantra N applies an integrated drive axle (IDA), inspired by technology used in WRC rally cars. By integrating drive shaft, wheel hub and bearing, weight reduction of 1.7 kg enables a ‘lighter and stronger’ car. This is also beneficial in terms of withstanding extreme lateral g-force.

By integrating the intake duct and air cleaner in the intake compartment, Elantra N’s engine response is sharpened while the intake system’s weight is reduced, and suction pressure reduced by about 10 percent or more. The shape of the powertrain mount is optimized to improve integration of movement between the powertrain and the body while driving and increase handling responsiveness.

In addition, Hyundai Motor applied for the first time a dual compound insulator to the front suspension. This, together with the dual compound trailing arm bush achieves optimal performance in ride and handling as well as noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) by separating front/rear and left/right characteristics.

Elantra N applies four-point strut rings and rear stiff bars to strengthen body rigidity. Torque feedback R-MDPS is applied to provide a consistent steering feel even when the external environment changes, such as temperature.

These high-performance technologies developed through N have been applied to general mass-produced vehicles and are expected to lead to improvement in the overall performance of the product lineup in the future.

Elantra N adds a special feature for driving pleasure. N Sound Equalizer (NSE) is a virtual engine sound that not only provides driving sounds that represent Hyundai Motorsports, such as TCR race car sounds, but also has an equalizer function that allows the driver to adjust details for each range (whine, throat, bass), with consideration for personal preference. This allows the driver to hear a more realistic and dynamic engine sound while driving.

In addition, the variable exhaust valve system, which delivers N’s distinctive ‘popcorn’ and ‘bang’ sounds, now uses a linear control method to reduce the booming sound during idling while maintaining the distinctive N exhaust note for the driver’s enjoyment.

Lastly, Elantra N is the first N vehicle to use 245-size Michelin PS4S tires on 19-inch wheels in support of dynamic driving performance.

High-performance N-only infotainment system provides new circuit driving experience

Elantra N’s advanced infotainment system is equipped with a graphic interface dedicated to N, so driving enthusiasts can intuitively enjoy the car’s dynamic performance.

Information needed for high-performance circuit driving, such as oil and coolant temperatures, torque and turbo pressure, which are difficult to check in most cars, is displayed in numbers on the cluster so that the driver can feel more engaged with Elantra N’s performance.

In addition, the lap timer, a high-performance dedicated infotainment function, measures the time it takes to drive a lap on the racetrack and the ‘N Track Map’ records the driver’s location and movement on the circuit in real time. This allows the driver to record their performance without the need for additional specialized equipment and helps them analyze and improve on their performance.

In Korea, Hyundai Motor also is releasing the ‘Hyundai N’ app for high-performance N customers. The app allows users who join the Bluelink (connected car service) to conveniently browse the high-performance infotainment functions of the Elantra N on personal smartphones and tablets. By providing analysis functions based on G-Force, RPM, torque output and lap time, it helps drivers to improve their driving skills in an easy, fun way.

Hyundai Motor plans to expand the function of the Hyundai N app so that it can be used not only by customers who purchase Elantra N with Bluelink, but also by customers who have an existing N vehicle.

In addition, it is expected that more customers with high-performance N models will be able to enjoy racetrack driving as if it were a game by applying a ranking system for each circuit in Korea that allows comparison of an N customer’s records with those of others.

Strong, dynamic driving sensibility harmonizes with sporty character

Building on the already sporty styling of the All New Elantra, Elantra N adds many performance-enhancing parts that further maximize its dynamic driving capability and aggressive appearance.

Elantra N’s front fascia takes inspiration from the battle-ready appearance of a driver’s race helmet, and the lip spoiler that runs low across the lower part of the bumper conveys a low-slung stance with performance intent.

The N-exclusive red strip at the bottom of the front bumper continues along Elantra N’s side skirts, giving the hot sedan a racetrack-ready look.

The prominent, N-only wing-type spoiler, along with rear diffuser, help control airflow to support optimal aerodynamic performance, further highlighting Elantra N’s high-performance capability and adding to its aggressive styling.

In addition, an inverted triangle type N-only reflector and dual single muffler tip, reminiscent of a Formula One car, neatly finish Elantra N’s high-performance image.

The N-specific interior neatly conveys the N family look with the application of N-branded elements, including the steering wheel, shifter, seats, door scuff panels and metal pedals, etc.

On the steering wheel with paddle shifters, the NGS button (DCT only) that raises horsepower by 10 ps for up to 20 seconds and two N buttons that set the desired drive mode are arranged to suit the driver’s preference. Driving modes can be customized and matched to each button in various combinations to maximize Elantra N’s fun driving spirit.

The N seat has reinforced bolsters, so that even if strong lateral acceleration occurs during sharp cornering, it firmly supports the upper and lower body to maintain a stable driving posture at all times. In addition, an optional N bucket seat with N emblem lighting has a position that is lower by 10 mm compared to the basic specification, designed for customers who pursue high-performance drivability.

The N light bucket seat reduces the seat back thickness by 50 mm compared to the base model, further highlighting best-in-class rear seat roominess and practicality.

“Hyundai Motor’s high-performance N brand constantly aims to provide customers with a range of exciting choices for increased driving pleasure,” said Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management & Motorsport sub-dvision at Hyundai Motor Company. “Elantra N is the purest expression of our mission to date.”

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That front end is big yuck.
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I like the Veloster N but this one is awful.
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What is up with this trend of huge front and rear overhangs recently? Are we going back to the early 1980's?
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It appears as an honest, good effort.

It's really too bad this is an Elantra. This will never be cool to enthusiasts.

Bring on the Stinger N already. Or whatever Kia's N badge is called.
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I'm going to give Hyundai props for starting to bring out vehicles with styling that's original. They spend the last decade plus copying BMW, Audi, etc and I'm glad they are brave enough now to go their own way even if the looks are a little polarizing. At least the Elantra now stands out in the crowd.

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What is up with this trend of huge front and rear overhangs recently? Are we going back to the early 1980's?
There's a bit of rear overhang but the front is totally acceptable.
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Great to see that they are continuing pursuing more "N" models, and not just churning out suv after suv appliances. Although this could have been executed better design-wise (although the base Elantra sedan is weird looking as it is).
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I'm going to give Hyundai props for starting to bring out vehicles with styling that's original. They spend the last decade plus copying BMW, Audi, etc and I'm glad they are brave enough now to go their own way even if the looks are a little polarizing. At least the Elantra now stands out in the crowd.
^This, the Koreans never really had an identity on design. Let's be fair here as well, this looks far more coherent, far tidied up, far less confused than the offerings from BMW, and much more restraint and resolved than the very daring Tucson that spear headed this new design language

I wonder how this will compare to a Corolla GR.
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What is up with this trend of huge front and rear overhangs recently? Are we going back to the early 1980's?
All the "supercars" have huge overhangs - I don't see anyone complaining about those designs? I'm not saying the Elantra N is a supercar
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What is up with this trend of huge front and rear overhangs recently? Are we going back to the early 1980's?
My assumption would be:

Front: Make room for the radiator, intercooler, and condenser.
Rear: Make a useable trunk?
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All the "supercars" have huge overhangs - I don't see anyone complaining about those designs? I'm not saying the Elantra N is a supercar
I agree. My R8 has a larger front overhang than my STI. Big friggin deal. It's all about proportions and if it looks good.
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Not my cup of tea, I'm but happy that they are making more enthusiast-focused cars.
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I think the styling suits the N much better than lesser Elantras. Wish the wing was more of a lip on the trunk though. With 280 horsepower, this should murder the GLI, Si, etc, but sounds like it's DCT only
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I think the styling suits the N much better than lesser Elantras. Wish the wing was more of a lip on the trunk though. With 280 horsepower, this should murder the GLI, Si, etc, but sounds like it's DCT only
Its confirmed to offer both DCT and Manual, its just that the press materials and photos focus on the DCT.
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I welcome another competitor in the space. The more the merrier.
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Too bad they never brought the i30 N to the US. I had the EGTN-Line and it was fun, not not quite enough performance. It sure looked better.
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Pardon the terrible quality it’s taken from text, but with these updates I think this is WHOLLY fixed and worthy of purchase.
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All the "supercars" have huge overhangs - I don't see anyone complaining about those designs? I'm not saying the Elantra N is a supercar
I should have been more clear in that the rear overhang is really what looks so silly. Porsche gets a pass since the engine is back there. The Elantra just looks out of proportion. None of the other supercars have this issue, so not sure what you are on about?

Look at the rear overhang below. Also - the approach angle on the rear of the Elantra is absurd. This isn't some offroad 4x4, good grief.
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I imagine 99.99999% of Hyundai Elantra buyers don't obsess much much about overhang. You will only hear that term in an auto enthusiast forum.
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