Hyundai Expands N Line and N Performance Model Lineup
Valhalla to driving enthusiasts, Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife is known to be one of the most grueling tests of an automobile on the planet. It is this racing circuit for which the Hyundai N Line and N performance models are named, a bold association that carries with it significant expectations.
First applied to the Veloster N and the Elantra GT N Line, Hyundai will add the letter to seven of its vehicles by the end of 2022. N Line applies when a vehicle gets sporty styling cues combined with added power and dynamic enhancements. N applies when a vehicle is specifically tuned for maximum performance on a track such as the Nürburgring.
One of the first new Hyundai N-badged models is the 2021 Sonata N Line ($34,195 including a $995 destination charge). In addition to cosmetic enhancements, the Sonata N Line is rocking a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 290 horsepower. It also gets a wet dual-clutch transmission, quad exhaust outlets, and 19-inch wheels and tires.
Similarly, the 2021 Elantra N Line has a racier look coupled with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine making 201 horsepower. A stiffened suspension, a 6-speed manual transmission, and bigger wheels and tires add to the car’s improved performance. The Elantra N Line is priced from $25,095 (with destination). A track-ready Elantra N is also in the works, with details coming at a later date.
To continue the N momentum, Hyundai is updating the Veloster N for the 2021 model year, and it has also released a teaser image for the upcoming Tucson N Line (seen above). The popular compact crossover is first Hyundai SUV to wear the N Line treatment, and it arrives in the spring of 2021. Hyundai confirms unique design and detailing for this model, but it did not specify improvements to the Tucson N Line’s driving dynamics.
Additionally, the 2022 Kona N Line will arrive, making an already fun-to-drive small SUV even more entertaining. Hyundai will confirm additional new N and N Line vehicles for the U.S. market in the future.
Hyundai is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on November 9, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.