The Hyundai Elantra N is a light and fast sedan. It can sprint from 0-60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 5.1 seconds, but not as fast as the Volkswagen Golf R. This hot hatchback is slightly faster, clocking the same springtime at 4.7 seconds.
While these numbers aren’t that far off from each other, the story is different in a real-world setting, especially in drag racing. And as it turned out, the Golf R had the upper hand in straight-line competition.
In this drag race, by permission Sam CarLegion on Youtube, the Hyundai Elantra N tried against the VW Golf R – and failed. We’re talking about starting from the dig where the German hot hatch crushed the Korean sports sedan in three rounds. On all three, the Elantra N’s view is the Golf R’s taillights with a notable gap between them.
It’s a different story at the start of the roll. When starting at 31 mph (50 km/h), the Elantra beat the Golf R, although it looked like the Golf R was catching up towards the end of the race. At 62 mph (100 km/h), the Golf R won again but the Elantra N wasn’t too far behind.
To be fair, the Elantra N is less powerful than the Golf R, despite being lighter than the VW by about 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms). Both vehicles come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, with the Hyundai having more gears.
However, the Golf R’s biggest advantage is its all-wheel drive. As seen in the video, the Elantra N is struggling to gain traction, compared to the Golf R which has a near-perfect launch.