Hyundai Elantra N Officially Teased For The First Time
Since this publication on September 28, it has been just over 12 hours since Hyundai unveiled its latest racing machine, the Elantra N TCR. We know that a road version is in preparation; we’ve seen spy photos of an Elantra with large twin tailpipes and a prominent spoiler. However, this is the first official nod from Hyundai that a fully tilted, street-approved Elantra N is on deck.
As is often the case with teasers, we are only given a brief overview. It comes at the end of the video above showcasing the new TCR race car, laid out in a proper post-credit scene, as you’ll find in the latest Marvel movie. The garage door closes on the TCR and you think it’s all done, but right before you click next on the video, the garage reappears. This time, the door doesn’t open to the TCR, but to a camouflage-wrapped Elantra N going and going. Understandably, the camera gets blurry when leaving, but hey, that’s something.
Our spy photos give us a much clearer look at the sport sedan. We don’t expect the car to be significantly different from the Elantra N Line, although the TCR’s grille isn’t as wide or as toothed as the production car. The production N can be seen to have at least a toothy face, but it will be interesting to see if the grille corners take on a similar appearance to the TCR. At the very least, we think the angle sockets in the lower fascia will be different from those in the N Line.
Things will obviously be different at the rear, as spy photos reveal large twin tailpipes at each corner with a prominent fixed spoiler on the trunk lid. All of this to help manage up to 275 horsepower (205 kilowatts), which doesn’t seem like a lot these days, but in something as small as the Elantra, it should make for a lively machine. Power is expected to flow to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
With the race car revealed and an official road car teaser now in the books, we got to see the production Elantra N revealed before the year was out. However, we haven’t heard from any specific date, so it may appear next year as a 2022 model.