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Saudi Arabia, 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 strength, 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.”

 

The 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 stands 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 is reduced by about 10 percent or more. The shape of the powertrain mount is optimized to improve the 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.

 

A High-performance N-only infotainment system provides a 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 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 help 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 a 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 with Elantra N’s side skirts, giving the hot sedan a racetrack-ready look.

The prominent, N-only wing-type spoiler, along with the rear diffuser, helps 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 is 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 seatback 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-division at Hyundai Motor Company. “Elantra N is the purest expression of our mission to date.”

Elantra N Specifications

SpecificationsElantra N
Full Length
(mm)
4,675
Full Width
(mm)
1,825
Full Height
(mm)
1,415
Wheelbase
(mm)
2,720
EngineForm2.0T-GDI
Displacement
(cc)
1,998
Maximum Output
(ps)
280
Maximum Torque
(kgf·m)
40.0

 

Improved points on Elantra N

CategoryCodeDescription
BrakeAG

Air Guide

The air guide originated from motorsports, improves braking performance by allowing air to flow directly towards the brake to cool off the heat generated from braking.
DCH

Dust Cover cooling Hole

Even the smallest detail has been modified to improve braking performance. The size of the dust cover has been minimized and holes have been added to cool the braking disk from the guided airflow.
LBD

Larger Brake Disc

Increased disc size of 360mm enhances heat endurance capacity and braking performance. With a wider tire, ELANTRA N’s braking performance places at the top of its class. With ELANTRA N, you can go on track from day 1.
HBP

High friction Brake Pad

High friction coefficient material brake pads reduce fade and maximize bite when breaking at high speed. This shortens breaking distance, which is the shortest among its competitors.
PF

Pre-Fill

Pre-fill braking logic increases braking responsiveness by filling the brake hydraulic pressure in advance when sudden braking is expected.
CO

Creep Off

Drivers can select between ‘Creep On’ and ‘Creep Off’. When set to ‘Creep Off’, no additionary braking is required when the car is stationary on the grid which allows faster acceleration.
LB

Left foot Braking

Left foot braking allows simultaneous brake and excels pedal control. It improves vehicle yaw control. It is activated under the condition of 1. sport + or N mode, 2. ESC off and 3. gear knob on manual, which cancels brake override.
P/TFP

Flat Power

Flat power prolongs power at a high RPM range, especially in high-speed acceleration. Greater engine response, improved torque and engine power extend maximum power duration, delivering a more powerful driving experience.
NPS

N Power Shift

As a DCT exclusive feature, NPS enhances acceleration performance by maximizing engine torque during upshift and reduces 0-62mph/0-100kph time by 0.2s. NPS provides a ‘push feel’ during upshift as though shifting the sequential gear of a race car.
NTS

N Track Sense Shift

Automatically selects optimal gear shift and shift timing when track driving is sensed. This enables drivers to avoid busy gear shifting, like a professional driver.
SPD

Shift Pattern Differentiation

Shift Pattern differs mode by mode. Among 8 gears, N mode mostly uses 1~6 with shifting at higher RPM, while Normal mode uses all 8 gears. Uphill, downhill, tip-off and cornering specified shift logic prevent unnecessary gear shifting to provide optimal power delivery.
NGS

N Grin Shift

NGS provides an extra 10 horsepower for 20 seconds, boosting to 290 horsepower by temporarily utilizing turbocharger over-boost and maximizing transmission response. A reduced interval time of 40 seconds allows you to push NGS at every lap.
LC

Launch Control

Launch Control allows the driver to enjoy maximum acceleration from a standstill with ease by optimizing engine torque and clutch engagement control. Drivers can easily repeat best standstill acceleration. Launch Control reduces 0-62mph/0-100kpm time by 0.3sec.
TO

Turbine Optimization

Engine performance has been enhanced by increasing the size of the turbine wheel from 47mm to 52mm and expanding the scroll area from 10.0㎟ to 12.5㎟. The durability of the cylinder block has been enhanced by cross-drilled treatment to optimize turbine responsiveness.
ETM

Engine TM Mount

Engine and transmission mount with larger stopper and optimized shape firmly holds on to the powertrain, improving steer responsiveness. Thus, minimizing roll and yaw behavior for optimal performance driving.
REV
Rev Match
Automatically matches the speed of the engine and optimizes gear shift. When downshifting, automatic heel-and-toe reduces the physical burden of manual shifting and allows faster corner exits.
Chassis /

Body

TSC

Torque Steer Control

Torque steer control prevents excessive abnormal rotation of the steering wheel caused by disparities in torque between the left and right sides of the drive wheel at rapid acceleration. This improves overall driveline alignment.
SSM

Steering Solid Mounting

R-MDPS system and sub-frame are affixed solidly, improving direct steering feedback. Fast steer and counter-steer are also improved based on this mounting structure.
4BE

4 points underbody Enhancement

4 points of underbody enhancement strengthen body rigidity and improve ride & handling: 1) Sub-frame front reinforced structure 2) V.Stay 3) Center Tunnel Stay 4) Rear Tunnel Brace.
RSB

Rear Stiff Bar

H-shape multijointed rear stiff bar increases body rigidity by 29% compared to the base model. Not only does this improve ride & handling, but the red color also adds to the overall sporty look.
4SR

4 points Strut Ring

Originated from racing cars, the strut ring has been reinforced with an additional connection point. 4-point strut ring connects the suspension and body tightly, improving ride & handling precision.
IDA

Integrated Drive Axle

Inspired by WRC rally cars, the drive shaft, wheel hub, and bearing have been developed into one integrated drive axle. This is beneficial in terms of withstanding extreme lateral g-force, weight reduction of 1.7kg, and noise reduction.
DCB

Dual Compound Bush

2 types of compound bushes are applied for ride comfort and firm handling, respectively in the vertical and horizontal direction. This is one of the keys factors that make ELANTRA N an ambidextrous performance car.
TFM

Torque Feedback R-MDPS

Improves steering consistency and precision in any driving condition through the robust torque feedback logic, providing a more precise steering experience when carving corners.
ECS

Electronic Controlled Suspension

A different range of damping forces based on speed, driver input, road condition, and driving modes provide better ride and handling performance. This 2nd generation ECS allows the widest range of suspension settings ever, from extreme track situations to going on a family road trip.
ELSD

Electronic Limited Slip Differential

Actively distributes torque between the inner and outer wheels when cornering. This enhances dynamic performance, allows faster corner exits and minimizes understeer by optimizing wheel slip and weight transfer.
NES

N Electronic Stability Control

N Electronic Stability Control maximizes thrill and fun in corners by providing a ‘rear end sliding’ feeling.
AK

Aluminum Knuckle

Aluminum knuckle reduces the weight of the unsprung mass, providing a more agile ride & handling.
GB

G-Bush

(Lower control arm bush)

Lower control arm bushes are strengthened to their limit for sharper and precise handling. The most optimal tire and G-bush combination are offered by taking advantage of the extra comfort margin of a wider tire.
DA

Duct-style air guard

For maximum cooling on the radiator surface, airflow is guided by a duct-style air guard. This maximizes speed, improves aerodynamic, fuel efficiency, and cooling ability in extreme conditions.
SoundRRC

Rear Resonance Control

Rear Resonance Control provides maximum comfort in the back seat by reducing road booming noise.
UBS

Upshift Bang Sound

The Upshift Bang Sound is created by controlling the fuel flow of the single-cylinder and fully opening the variable exhaust valve. This recreates the emotional sound of motorsports.
NSE

N Sound Equalizer

N Sound Equalizer amplifies dynamic driving sound in harmony with the famous N exhaust sound through interior speakers. Drivers can select between sporty, high performance, and TCR modes and even customize three different tones and levels.
LVE

Linear Variable Exhaust Valve System

The N exhaust sound has been restructured and refined by adding linear variable valve settings from 0 to 100. When you are idling in normal mode, creep booming will be minimized. While on N mode, the fully opened valve generates an exhaust sound that suits your N mood.
Design /

Aerodynamics

3BS

3 Bridged Spoiler wing

Wing-type spoiler improves aerodynamics for maximum speed and faster corner exits.
UBO

Under Body Optimization

Wider coverage of undercover enhances underbody airflow. This reinforcement in aerodynamics helps improve high-speed driving balance.
LW

Low & Wide design

Semi-glossy black pearl mask, front lip spoiler, rear diffuser, and wider tire maximize ELANTRA N’s low and wide stance.
LSP

Lowest Seat Position

With N light bucket seat and a 10mm lowered seating position, a deeper connection between the driver and vehicle is formed. The overall center of gravity is also lowered.
RSR

Rear Seat Roominess

Carrying over the excellence of the base model, ELANTRA N boasts the most spacious rear seat roominess among its competitors. The N light sports bucket seat reduces 50mm of seatback thickness compared to the base model, securing additional rear-seat roominess.
TireWT

Wider Tire

The ELANTRA N is the first N model to be offered Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245/35ZR 19-inch tires. These high-performance tires are offered as standard, providing superior grip in every phase of cornering.
Intake /

 Infotainment

LDI

Lightweight Direct Intake

The air intake system has been restructured for better airflow into the engine, reducing the air pressure by 10.6%. This also reduces overall weight by 895g.
NI

New Infotainment system

Enhances readability and visibility of various driving information. It also helps track the driver’s current location on the track and automatically records lap time in real-time.
HNA

Hyundai N App

The Hyundai N App saves and analyzes every aspect of driving data from speed, lap time to g-force, and more. It also allows drivers to compare driving performance with others, providing the opportunity to learn and grow as an Nthusiast. (Currently available only in S.Korea)

 

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