Quick Look: Hyundai announces turbocharged 2017 Elantra Sport

Automakers have discovered (once again) that performance sells. Hot hatches are very popular in Europe and other parts of the world and the various high-performance Foci (Focuses?) are doing well here. Remember the CRZ that Honda used to sell. Yup, hot hatch...well not the current car...it is a hybrid trying to rely on the older car's popularity to move metal...didn't work did it? So automakers have learned that if you put Sport on the fenders and trunk lid, it should have more than just good looks, dark trim, and large wheels. It should have the performance to go with it and Hyundai is doing just that with the new Elantra Sport. They have tweaked the suspension for better handling (outfitted with an independent multi-link rear suspension) and stuffed a 1.6-liter turbocharged four (200+hp, 190 lb./ft. of torque) under the hood that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters making the Sport model the most powerful Elantra. The look is unique as well with dark trim, large wheels, a body kit, and interior tweaks like red stitching, etc. The car is attractive and not overdone with hey-give-me-a-ticket spoilers. More info (like pricing, EPA figures, etc.) will be made available closer to the car's official intro date this Fall. This one could be another winner for Hyundai. Press release and pics after the jump.

Source: Hyundai - Brief press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:

  • 1.6 Turbo GDI engine and independent multi-link rear suspension highlight the most powerful and dynamic Hyundai Elantra ever
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.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.