Billed as the most powerful Elantra ever created, the model is distinguished by a sportier front bumper with new LED fog lights and a black grille surround. The car has also been equipped with revised side skirts, a new rear bumper, and a small rear diffuser. A closer inspection reveals a dual exhaust system and special alloy wheels.
The unique styling continues in the cabin as designers added a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports seats, and red contrast stitching. The car also has faux carbon fiber trim and embossed "Sport" logos on the seatbacks.
A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine resides under the hood and produces more than 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
Besides featuring a more powerful engine, the Elantra Sport has been equipped with an independent multi-link rear suspension which promises to provide a more engaging driving experience.
According to Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning, Mike Evanoff, “[The] Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests." He went on to say the model "reflects our own passion for cars and driving, expressing it with sharp looks, proven in-car technology, upgraded power, and fun, sporty handling.”
The Hyundai Elantra Sport is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year and additional information will be released to launch.
Gallery: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT UNLOCKS PASSION, POWER AND PERFORMANCE
1.6 Turbo GDI engine and independent multi-link rear suspension highlight the most powerful and dynamic Hyundai Elantra ever
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 12, 2016 – Today at a meeting of the Washington Automotive Press Association in Alexandria, VA, Hyundai Motor America unveiled the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport. The most powerful Elantra model ever, the Sport benefits from a variety of important powertrain, chassis and styling upgrades over the current SE, Eco, and Limited models.
The Elantra Sport is powered by a 1.6 Turbo GDI four-cylinder engine generating more than 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Drivers may choose between a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters. Helping to ensure the most powerful Elantra ever is also the most fun to drive, the Sport is exclusively outfitted with an independent multi-link rear suspension designed to elevate on-road dynamics and feel. Finally, Elantra Sport is visually differentiated with unique bodywork and model-specific interior appointments such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching.
“Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests,” says Mike Evanoff, Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning. “This is a vehicle that reflects our own passion for cars and driving, expressing it with sharp looks, proven in-car technology, upgraded power, and fun, sporty handling.”
The Hyundai Elantra Sport will arrive in North American showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2016. Additional details, including full specifications and pricing, will be available closer to the on-sale date.