The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is the latest shot over the bough aimed at every other sedan building automaker.
Over the past decade, we’ve seen Hyundai go from barely considered to leading the field. And the new Elantra N is just more confirmation that they deserve more attention.
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It’s sleek, it’s fast, and it’s absolutely packed to the brim with performance car technology. Plus it appears so advanced that if it were all-wheel-drive it might have a company like Subaru shaking in their tires.
But, it might do that without all-wheel-drive. Let’s take a look at what the latest sporty offering from Hyundai has on tap.
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Is On A Strong Foundation
That the Elantra is a very good car is no secret these days.
Overall, it’s spacious. It’s comfortable. And it features outstanding build quality. What’s more, is that Hyundai has the best warranty in the business.
Because every one of their products comes with a 10-year powertrain warranty a 5-year limited warranty, and three years of complimentary maintenance.
So, the Elantra also gets a slew of advanced safety features. Now apply those assets to the Elantra N, a properly sporty sedan, and the value proposition goes through the roof.
Exclusive to the Elantra N are special N seats. They are lower to provide better outward visibility and a lower center of gravity. And they’re thinner from front to back.
This change increases rear-seat legroom which was already best in class. Furthermore, both the central infotainment system and the driver information center are unique to N.
Each screen gets N-specific menus, data, and displays that will allow drivers to get the info they need during high-performance driving.
This Hyundai Is Full Of Racing Technology
Under the hood of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is a 276-horsepower turbo four-cylinder motor.
It powers the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. Unlike many rivals, the fun doesn’t stop there. Hyundai uses an integrated drive axle (a regular feature of WRC rally cars) to lower driveline weight while increasing strength.
They also employ a special eLSD. It both reduces torque steer and allows the Elantra N to corner faster.
On each corner of the Elantra N, buyers will find an electronically controlled independent suspension. Hyundai says this will allow the car to accel both on a race track or a road trip.
A thick rear strut bar, high-performance brakes, and Michelin tires round out the handling needs. Hyundai is building the most engaging front-wheel-drive cars on the market today.
While we’d love to see them put stuff like the insane RM20e into production, the Elantra N is one heck of a great consolation prize.
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