2021 Sonata N line was just launched in the US in early November and officially went on sale not long ago. The car owns a turbocharged engine with a capacity of 290 horsepower.
Since the introduction of Hyundai Veloster N in 2018, Hyundai engineers have developed six more “N series” products, including: Sonata N Line, Elantra N line, Elantra N (to be sold at the end 2021) and three SUVs coming soon.
As for the recently introduced 2021 Sonata N Line, the Hyundai makers say they’ve created the most powerful sedan ever. This newly launched car in the US is expected to compete and dominate the popular sedan segment, which is home to rivals Honda Accord 2.0T, Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry TRD.
In order for the Korean carmakers to “have confidence” like that, the Sonata N Line 2021 has a respectable engine block. Behind the large black grille of the Sonata N Line 2021 is a 2.5-liter turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine like the engine on the Hyudai Genesis G80, GV80 and Kia K5 GT.
The car has a maximum power of 290 hp at 5,800 rpm and 311 pound-foot of torque (422 Nm) right at 1,650 rpm.
Compared with the capacity of the previous generation Sonata using a naturally aspirated 2.5L engine, the capacity of the N Line 2021 is 99 hp higher; compared to the 1.6L turbo Sonata, the N Line 2021 has a higher capacity of 110 hp.
Hyundai engineers increased the compression ratio from 13.0: 1 (the Sonata’s 2.5L naturally aspirated) to 10.5: 1 and mounted a turbocharger to increase the intake.
In terms of gearboxes, Hyundai is also equipped with its new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is a gearbox that is considered the more advanced of the Veloster N, Kia K5 GT and Elantra N.
The manufacturers put the first four gears closer together. This helps the maximum power and torque to be maintained at a stable range when the rpm reaches around 4000 rpm to over 6,000 rpm.
Hyundai has also developed a start-control program that makes the front-wheel drive sedan 0-60 mph (96km / h) in approximately 5 seconds. Hence, the Sonata N Line feels faster than the Toyota Camry TRD, reaching 0-60 miles / hour in 5.6 seconds and Honda Accord 2.0T with 5.4 seconds.
The Sonata N Line 2021 is the fastest front-wheel-drive midsize sedan available today. In the US, the car has a selling price of USD 33,200.
Hyundai revealed that the “N” they named for their products originated from the first letter of Namyang in Korea and Nürburgring in Germany. But some comments that, the letter “N” means “No Sleep – not sleep”.