Hyundai Isn't Messing Around With Its N Cars

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Almost every other automaker is out here talking about how much they’re doing with electric cars, Hyundai this week was like: That’s cool and all but how about good old SPORTINESS and PERFORMANCE.

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I’m talking, of course, about Hyundai’s N cars, which Hyundai said Monday would include seven cars, three of them pure N cars, four them N Line cars. Here is a graphic to make sense of it all:

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On that graphic are the Veloster N, which we love; the Elantra N, which sounds loud; the Sonata N Line; the Tucson N Line; and the Elantra N Line. I’m guessing, like my friends at Roadshow, that the other two cars are Kona N cars.

These will all get here by 2022, Hyundai said. Hyundai also says that “Early consumer research feedback on these future N models has been very positive.” I believe them! That’s because the N shit is cool.

Hyundai also gave us a teaser of the Tucson N Line. It looks like a new Tucson but with more N. The bigger wheels, in particular, look very aggressive.

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Hyundai did not reveal specs on the Tucson N Line, but our other friends at Car And Driver think it will get something close to 300 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four, the right amount of horsepower.

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From Hyundai:

“I’m proud of what our talented N brand engineers, designers and product development teams have in store for enthusiast customers. Hyundai is committed to developing exciting, heart-charging N models in varied segments that reflect our passion to indulge enthusiasts. We’re confident that enthusiasts will relish the agility and performance of our new N Line models”, said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America.

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In a world that is in the midst of a pivot to electric, I respect Hyundai saying, “Actually, our strategy is to be BMW M but cheaper.”

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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DISCUSSION

Hyundai and Kia are doomed to fail. And soon. Just look at their line of vehicles for proof. Compact and subcompact sedans and hatchbacks. Not smart, just ask Ford. Rear wheel drive sedans, are you kidding? Who do you think you are? Dodge? No full size pickups and no full size EV pickups. Is there even a possibility of a future of profit without full size trucks? And now they appear to be seriously testing the supply of psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon. No other explanation for this N nonsense.