Other, more surface-level changes include new Sport and Sport+ drive modes which alter steering weight and transmission response, as well as a host of aesthetic changes such as more aggressive fascias, N-badging and a rear spoiler. On the inside, the car gets new seats with suede inserts and Nappa leather bolsters. The leather-wrapped sport steering wheel is also specific to this car.
And if you think Hyundai forgot about the chassis, well, there’s a laundry list of changes which can be summed up as stiffer everything. All of the engine and transmission mounts are stiffer, as is the suspension. The springs, shocks and swaybars have all been re-tuned, and the steering rack is a quicker unit intended to make spirited driving a bit easier. The rubber also meets the road with 245mm-wide tires mounted to all-new 19-inch wheels, with summer tires optional for another $200.
Best of all, this car hits dealers in the United States this month, so if you’re looking for a sports sedan, you might want to test this one. It’s not clear if a full “N” version of the Sonata is coming yet, but with the Elantra N Line already here and a full “N” version of that car on the way, it might just happen. For now, though, this hot Hyundai sounds like a great start.
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