Hyundai’s performance division, known for its N logo, is set to undergo a significant shift with the launch of a next-gen Elantra N 2.5 Turbo model. Recent information suggests that Hyundai might not pursue the development of the hardcore performance sedan, the Sonata ‘N.’ However, amidst this revelation, the next-generation Elantra promises a thrilling upgrade with the introduction of a robust 2.5-liter gasoline turbo engine from its big brother, aiming to elevate its performance prowess.
Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s technical consultant, addressed the speculation surrounding the Sonata ‘N’ during an interview with Drive. He confirmed, “There is no current platform for a Sonata ‘N’ with hardcore performance capabilities.” This insight laid to rest rumors sparked by sightings of a Sonata test car equipped with N-specific body kits in South Korea.
Despite the absence of the Sonata ‘N,’ Biermann hinted at the Avante’s imminent evolution. “Before departing from the Namyang Research Institute, I verified the incorporation of a 2.5-liter gasoline turbo engine into the existing Avante (Korean name for Elantra). This powerhouse might also be considered for the next-generation Avante ‘N,'” he revealed. The anticipated 2.5-liter gasoline turbo engine is projected to enhance performance while meeting stringent exhaust emission regulations.
The forthcoming Sonata ‘N’ line, boasting a 2.5-liter gasoline turbo engine, pairs with an 8-speed wet N DCT transmission, delivering an impressive 290 horsepower and a peak torque of 43 kgm. Contrasting this, the current Avante N houses a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine paired with an 8-speed wet N DCT transmission, producing 280 horsepower and 40 kgm of peak torque.
Could Hyundai wanted to say something with this photoshoot of Sonata N-Line & Elantra N together?
Earlier this year, Hyundai introduced the Sonata partial change ‘N’ line in South Korea and later in the U.S, offering a choice between a 2.0-liter gasoline and a 1.6-liter turbo engine. With prices ranging from 36 to 38 million Won (US $28,000 to US $29,500), this variant paved the way for the new Sonata ‘N’ line equipped with the potent 2.5-liter gasoline turbo engine. The latest iteration stands out with features such as R-MDPS, Active Sound Design, Dual Twin-Tip Muffler, and N Power Shift, signaling a departure from its predecessors.
As Hyundai navigates its performance line-up, the uncertainties surrounding the Sonata ‘N’ shift the spotlight onto the Elantra’s upcoming transformation, hinting at an era of amplified power and performance. Stay tuned as Hyundai unfolds its next chapter in the world of high-performance automobiles.