We’ve been stoked about the new Elantra N ever since Hyundai teased their performance sedan. Making its global debut Tuesday, the N packs the same hoot-and-a-half rambunctiousness of the Veloster N hatchback with all the style and refinement of Hyundai’s redesigned Elantra sedan.

Hyundai Elantra N

Under the hood there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, sending 276bhp and 393Nm of torque to the front wheels. Hyundai will offer both a six-speed manual with automatic rev-matching, as well as an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The latter comes with the Veloster’s weirdly named N Grin Shift function, which is like Porsche’s Sport Response button — hit it and you momentarily get 286bhp. So equipped, the Elantra N can accelerate to 100kmph in just 5.3 seconds, on its way to a 250kmph top speed. It even has launch control. Awesome.

Hyundai Elantra N

A limited-slip differential manages power at the front axle, and 245/35-series Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires offer plenty of grip at all four corners. Behind the N-specific 19-inch wheels you’ll find larger brakes, and everything about this car has been totally amped up. The suspension is stiffer, the steering ratio is quicker and there are a number of selectable drive modes, including a full-on N performance setting accessed by a big blue button on the steering wheel.

Hyundai Elantra N

Outside, the Elantra N definitely looks the part, with a heavily sculpted front fascia, bright red side sill extensions, and small rear wing. A pronounced diffuser houses larger exhaust pipes, and there’s a variable exhaust system, which we fully expect to snap, crackle, and pop just like the Veloster N.

Hyundai Elantra N

Lots of mechanical prodigious to make it sharper but interestingly for the first time ever in a Hyundai, Elantra N applies an integrated drive axle inspired by WRC rally cars for added weight reduction. Elantra N’s spirited performance is further supported by N Corner Carving Differential (e-LSD, electronic Limited Slip Differential), Variable Exhaust Valve System and Launch Control—all of which are specialized, high-performance features that are applied as standard. For DCT models, N Grin Shift (NGS), N Power Shift (NPS) and N Track Sense Shift (NTS) are provided as standard features to maximize driving pleasure.

While the Elantra N might be a stretch too much, we sure are eagerly awaiting the launch of the i20 N line in India, which is expected to be on our roads by September.