Hyundai has announced plans to introduce the US-spec Elantra N at the New York Auto Show on August 19th.
Originally unveiled earlier this month, the model features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 276 hp (206 kW / 280 PS) and 289 lb-ft (392 Nm) of torque.
While that’s significantly less than the outgoing Honda Civic Type R, which has a 2.0-liter turbo with 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque, it’s still a huge improvement over mainstream versions of the Elantra. As a refresher, the base model has a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 hp (110 kW / 149 PS) and 132 lb-ft (179 Nm) of torque. The Elantra can also be equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder developing 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.
Speaking of the powertrain, Hyundai confirmed the US-spec model will be offered with an available eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. While enthusiasts will likely opt for the standard six-speed manual, the dual-clutch transmission has an N Grin Shift function that temporarily increases the engine’s output to 286 hp (213 kW / 290 PS). Thanks to the latter, the car can rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.3 seconds.
Hyundai is keeping additional details under wraps, but there shouldn’t be any major surprises. As a result, we can expect a number of performance features including an electronic limited slip differential, launch control and a beefy braking system with 14.2-inch discs. They’ll be joined by a sport-tuned suspension and a more aggressive body kit.