2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line first look

The revamped 2021 Hyundai Elantra didn’t wait long to out its wild side.

On Wednesday, Hyundai let loose with its upcoming Honda Civic Si fighter. When it goes on sale in December, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line will offer a 1.6-liter turbo-4 under the hood that makes 201 horsepower and 195.2 pound-feet of torque, according to the automaker. (Ed’s note: Oddly specific, we know.)

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

Almost as important, the 2021 Elantra N Line will be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic as an option, to drive the front wheels only.

The Elantra N Line sets in its sights the Honda Civic Si—currently the gold standard in sporty compact sedans—that makes 205 hp and 192 lb-ft from its 1.5-liter turbo-4. Also in Hyundai’s cross hairs: The Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

The tale of the tape for the 2021 Elantra N Line reveals few differences from the outgoing Elantra Sport, which the N Line sedan replaces. Like the 2021 Elantra N Line, the Elantra Sport was powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that made 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic was included in the Elantra Sport, although a 6-speed manual was available for a short time.

The Elantra N Line promises more handling upgrades including a stiffer suspension, a new look, bigger wheels, and larger front rotors. Like the Elantra Sport, the Elantra N Line upgrades the rear suspension to a five-link independent setup. Hyundai stopped short of specifying any performance figures but said N Line performance upgrades would be available—perhaps even in the U.S.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

Sport seats with leather inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metal shifter, and alloy pedals round out the interior changes.

We’ll have to wait until closer to the end of the year to find out how much the N Line will cost, although the Elantra Sport starts at $25,125 and the new Elantra N Line likely will stick close to that price.

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