Hyundai’s long awaited Sonata high-performance N-Line variant is closer than ever as today South Korea’s domestic specifications and fuel economy were released. According to the South Korea’s Environment Agency on the 15th of July, the Sonata N line is a 290 horsepower, front-wheel drive (FF) sedan, and it turns into the fastest Sonata ever.
The domestic combined fuel efficiency of the Sonata N-Line is 11.1 km/l (26MPG US or 9 liters/100km). The Sonata N-Line powertrain is a combination of a SmartStream 2.5 T-GDi engine and an 8-speed DCT transmission. It is a powertrain with improved performance and efficiency, and unlike the Genesis G80 and GV80 FR T-GDi engines, the engine is placed horizontally.
The maximum output is 290 hp at 5800 rpm, and the maximum torque is 43.0 kgm at 1650-4000 rpm. The Genesis G80 2.5T has a peak output of 304 horsepower, which is 14 horsepower higher than the Sonata N-Line. It is the same engine with the same maximum peak generation, maximum torque, and maximum torque timing.
The G80 2.5T 2WD’s tolerance weight is 1785kg, and the Sonata N-Line is 1545kg, so a difference in power performance is expected due to the less weight. In particular, the Sonata N-Line is provided with an 8-speed wet DCT transmission. Fast shifting and downshifting rev matching will increase driving fun.
A dedicated spring, a reinforced suspension with a dedicated damper, a dedicated bushing and a reinforced brake are provided. In addition, the Sonata N-Line will have Sports + mode and launch control will be added.
In terms of design, based on the Sonata Sport (also known as Sonata Sensuous in South Korea), a dedicated grill and bumper, dual muffler tip, N-line badge, 19-inch wheel, semi-bucket seat, and red stitching are applied to the exterior. The domestic launch of the Hyundai Sonata N-line will be released in the third quarter, but after passed the certification, the official released should happen soon.