Goes on sale later this year.
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.