Throttle House journalists conducted another comparative test of two cars in a straight-line race format. The participants of the new drag racing duel were the front-wheel-drive Hyundai Elantra N, the first N-version in the history of the model, and the front-wheel-drive Honda Accord sedan in its top-end, but not “charged” version, which contributed to the outcome of the races. Nevertheless, the comparison of the South Korean and Japanese automotive schools turned out to be quite entertaining from the point of view of the audience.
Traditionally for Throttle House races were held on the American highway, Willow Springs. The test programs included both classic starts from the spot with a 402-meter race and the identification of the winner at the finish, and an assessment of acceleration dynamics when accelerating from the course.
The test Elantra N has a 280-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo engine under the hood with a thrust of 392-newton meters in combination with an 8-speed robotic DCT gearbox, which allows for a short-term increase in the engine output by another 10 forces due to the N Grin Shift (NGS) mode.
After the update, the American Accord received a 2.0-liter turbocharged “four” with a capacity of 255 horsepower, which has an accelerated response to pressing the accelerator pedal. The turbo engine is combined with a 10-speed Sequential SportShift gearbox. The advantages of the Hyundai sedan include more engine power and a 77 kilograms less weight, but even so, the Honda model did not give up in races without a fight.