290 hp turbo four to power hotter Sonata in N-minor
Sharper Sonata expected to launch very soon
It seems that someone at Hyundai may have made a bit of a slip yesterday, but that’s given us a full look at the upcoming Hyundai Sonata N-Line before we were supposed to see the whole thing of the new Korean sports sedan.
Shortly after Hyundai revealed the first official photo, a video appeared showing the full car. It was taken back down quickly, but The Korean Car Blog got a copy, and they’ve published a full gallery of photos of the quickest Sonata.
Starting with a more aggressive grille and front bumper, the Sonata N-Line wears an N badge along with 19-inch wheels and Y-rated performance rubber. There are also side skirt extensions and faux vents behind the rear wheels, with the shape ending in a quad exhaust and a large rear diffuser.
On the inside, the N Line has a red-trimmed steering wheel and red gauges, and in a big of a surprise, the wheel doesn’t have a flat bottom. Large thumb wraps and what looks like carbon trim help make it look the part, though, as do heavily bolstered front sports seats with N embroidery and what looks like a suede covering.
KCB reports that the N-Line will use a 2.5L turbo-four like that offered in the Genesis G80, here making 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. The report also says it’ll have a 9L/100 km fuel economy on the combined Korean cycle, though we’re not sure how that will translate to Canadian roads. The gearbox is an eight-speed DCT.
A stiffer suspension with dedicated dampers and bushings are also expected, with the official release of the car anticipated this quarter.