Preview: 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line coming with 290 horsepower, $34,195 price tag

Wild speculation of a hotter N Line variant followed the debut of the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, leading to Hyundai quickly confirming a Sonata N Line was coming for the 2021 model year.

Last week, Hyundai confirmed a showroom appearance for the car in November and laid out all the details. We’ll start with the most important part first, the price tag. The Sonata N Line is priced from $34,195 with all-season tires and $34,395 with Continental ProContact summer tires.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

Powering the car is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering a maximum 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The engine is the same 2.5-liter turbo-4 offered in the 2021 Genesis G80 and GV80, where it’s rated at 300 hp.

In the Sonata N Line, drive is to the front wheels only, via a Hyundai N-exclusive 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. No performance details have been released, unfortunately.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

Aside from the power increase, sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, 19-inch wheels, and quad-exhaust tips are all fitted to the Sonata N Line.

There are also additional sporty styling treatments inside and out. These include unique fascias front and rear, along with a trunk lid spoiler for the exterior. Inside, there are N-badged bucket seats for the driver and front passenger, along with dark chrome trim and red accent stitching.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

We have high hopes for the Sonata N Line since the man overseeing N vehicles and head of Hyundai research and development, Albert Biermann, formerly led the BMW M division. He’s also helped make cars such as the Kia Stinger and Genesis G70 a reality—and true performance challengers.

If compact performance is your thing though, Hyundai also has you covered with the 201-hp Elantra N Line coming for 2021. There’s also a Kona N Line and a hotter Kona N, which we could end up seeing for the 2022 model year, as well as an Elantra N.

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