A little more power, a lot more blue.
It’s been a long time coming, but the alpha of the Elantra line is finally here. The 2022 Elantra N builds on the sport-themed lines and punchy power of the Elantra N Line, delivering more performance across the board thanks to a bevy of upgrades under the hood and under the skin. And of course Hyundai offers it in a glossy exterior coat of Performance Blue.
As expected, the big news here is what’s under the hood. To no real surprise, the Elantra N gains the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in other performance models from the brand. In the Elantra N it’s good for 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) sent to the wheels via an available six-speed manual transmission. It’s also offered with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, but it’s a wet box that executes crisp shifts and sends the Elantra N to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. A trick e-LSD helps the front wheels handle that power while minimizing understeer.
Power isn’t the only ace up the Elantra N’s sleeve. For added cornering and acceleration, the Elantra N uses an integrated drive axle not unlike what you find in WRC cars. Hyundai says this arrangement is better at withstanding lateral loads while also shaving a bit of weight from the front. 14.1-inch front rotors with upgraded brake pads and improved cooling ducts help reel in the speed. Upgraded bushings and isolators are found in the suspension, along with additional chassis bracing and stiff rear bars for added rigidity. And Hyundai doesn’t skimp on the tires, with 245/35ZR 19 Michelin Pilot 4S rubber at all four corners. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.