Hyundai’s N performance division has gone from strength to strength since the i30 N was first introduced and the new Elantra N could be the finest of all Hyundai’s sporty models.
In August, the South Korean auto manufacturer removed the lid on their 2022 ElantraN and invited American media members to test it around a track. Zack Klapman, from The Smoking Tire, was one of the people who tested it and was very pleased with its performance.
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The flagship Hyundai Elantra N, like many Hyundai N models is powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. It produces 276 horsepower and 289 lbft (391 Nm) torque. The U.S. can pick between an eight-speed dual clutch transmission and a six speed manual transmission. This allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
The example tested by Klapman was equipped with the dual-clutch ‘box. We’ve sampled this new transmission in the facelifted i30 N and were very impressed. It provides very quick shifts and comes with Hyundai’s N Grin Shift, N Power Shift, and N Track Sense shifting technologies that make it more involving to use than some other DCTs.
Klapman was particularly impressed by the car’s handling. You can push the car into understeer. However, a quick throttle lift will cause the rear end to rise. It is very communicative, responsive and responsive. The brakes performed flawlessly on the lap of the circuit.