Auto123 gets in a first test drive of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line.
Those leading German brands – you know who you are - have been selling all-out performance for decades, and they have the divisions to prove it. Whether we’re talking about BMW’s M division, the AMG arm of Mercedes-Benz or Audi’s RS models, these markings on vehicles indicate models providing both the best showcase for manufacturers' prowess and the highest rate of return.
Hyundai has in recent years entered the performance-variantfray with its N division. And to start off on the right foot, Hyundai hired a former head of BMW's M division to develop Hyundai's N division, Albert Birnmann. First we saw the Veloster N, then came the Elantra N Line, and now here’s the Sonata N Line, which adds some real tempo to this ambler of a sedan.
Beyond the engine
The N Line designation is more than just about boosting the mechanics. Of course, the chassis is the same, but there are some visual differences, for example a racier front grille with three large air intakes and the N Line logo. At the rear is a new bumper with two exhaust outlets and a new lower bumper. A set of 19-inch tires and side skirts specific to this model complete the sportier look.