Heading to the dealerships sometimes later this year, the 2017 Elantra Sport is considered the most powerful iteration of the nameplate as of yet.
The version is set apart from the regular Elantra using a more aggressive front bumper with new LED fog lights and a black grille surround. Other changes include the revised side skirts, a new rear bumper, as well as a subtle rear diffuser. Let’s also not forget the dual exhaust system and bespoke alloy wheels. The changes also affect the interior, where Hyundai designers have prepared a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports seats, and red contrast stitching. The “Sport” logos are embossed on the seatbacks and there’s also some faux carbon fiber trimming.
Under the hood sits a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, packing at least 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. It can be linked to n optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters, as the standard option is a manual gearbox. Aside from the potent engine, the Elantra Sport also gets an independent multi-link rear suspension for better handling. “[The] Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests,” commented Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning, Mike Evanoff. The Hyundai Elantra Sport is reaching US dealerships later this year and more information, including pricing, will be revealed closer to launch.