2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line First Look: Nürburgring Sonata
The major German performance brands all sell performance in different packages and stages, from BMW’s M Sport packages or Mercedes-Benz AMG’s to full-fledged M and Mercedes-AMG models. Hyundai aspires to follow in those footsteps with N models like the Veloster N of North America and the i30 N of Europe at the top of the retail pyramid (factory racing cars occupy the ultimate peak of the pyramid) and a growing range of N Line models occupying the rung. under them. The first to receive N Line treatment was the Elantra GT N line, and next are the Elantra and Sonata sedans.
Little was shared about the full Sonata N Line set, but during a powertrain briefing in December 2019, we learned that the heart of this new beast is an injection engine. Gasoline Direct (TGDI) 2.5-liter “Smartstream” turbocharged that is expected to produce 290 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 52% increase in power and 71% more torque than the next top-performing Sonata, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 191 hp and 181 lb-ft. Compared to the 25 and 30 percent increase in horsepower and torque from the Elantra GT N Line, that’s pretty impressive.
An increase in performance of this magnitude will require proportionate reinforcement and readjustment of the brakes, springs and dampers, to which engineers are no doubt putting the finishing touches. Will the team be able to turn that massive front-wheel drive sedan into a believable rear burner that works somewhere between an Elantra GT and a Veloster N? Consider our fingers well and really crossed.
Performance aside, the N Line kit comes with a number of visual updates over the standard Sonata, including a new fairing, a sleeker grille and three large air intakes. Around the rear is a new rear bumper with twin tailpipes flanking a new lower fairing. A 19-inch alloy set completes the sportier look. Inside, the model benefits from dark chrome trim, more reinforced seats, red stitching on the steering wheel, and an N Line badge (how are you supposed to know you’re in a Sonata with a little more flair?).
Then comes the question of what Hyundai will charge for such a device. If it applies the same surcharge of around 20% as that paid to upgrade a base Elantra GT automatic to an Elantra GT N Line with its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, that should bring down the price of a Sonata N Line to SEL specifications. at approximately $ 34,000, or a category limited to $ 41,000. It’s a bad idea to load a performance car up to the limited spec anyway, and with the Accord 2.0T Touring going over $ 37,355 and a loaded Camry XSE V-6 barely $ 39,000, we’d expect that. that the Sonata N Line meets specifications. d for a somewhat timid price of $ 40,000.
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