New 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport With At Least 200HP Spied Undisguised

Hyundai’s upcoming Elantra Sport has been spotted without any trace of camo in South Korea, well ahead of its US debut at the 2016 SEMA Show this October.

Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski had confirmed the Sports model to Edmunds earlier this year, stating that the Elantra Sport is aimed “at the performance enthusiast.”

At the time, Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai senior group manager of product planning, had said that the Elantra Sport’s exterior “will have unique styling on the front and rear, so significant changes”.

The pictures sourced from the Bobaedream forums show the Korean Domestic Market (KDM) model, but it shouldn’t differ from the North American car. From these, we see that the Elantra Sport rides on a lowered chassis obtaining newly designed bumpers, with the front gaining large corner ducts with extended chrome trims, and the rear, a diffuser housing a dual pipe setup. The car also features side skirts, slightly different head- and tail-lamp fixtures, and beefier wheels and tires.

Instead of targeting the higher performance compact models like the 252hp Focus ST, Hyundai is eyeing the likes of Honda’s Civic Si. “We have not really had a (Honda Civic) Si type of product before. We have had Sport models among the Elantras, but this is a completely different vehicle,” said Ramirez.

What Hyundai officials did not reveal, is the 2017 Elantra Sport’s powertrain, but it’s believed to get the company’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with  200 or more horses paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, possibly offering the option of a 6-speed manual, like the Veloster Turbo that has the same setup. Handling will be improved too with a retuned suspension and stronger brakes.
Thanks to Darius F. for the pictures!

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  • pcurve

    200hp? Just put in 350hp and shut everybody up.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      That’s for N to do.

      • fabri99

        It has to be done now though.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Agreed.

    • KidRed

      If it’s the turbo, you can chip it.

  • Zandit75

    The standard Elantra models were already the best looking sedans in the class, and these just take it up another notch!
    We nearly bought one of these a few weeks back, but the wife couldn’t go past the new Tucson to replace her iX35. Once she got used to the higher seating position, I don’t think she will ever go back to a standard sedan.

  • justthinkingoutloud

    Holy smokes. It’s on. First the Honda Civic’s facelift and now the Hyundai Elantra fires back. I wonder if Toyota will decide to up its game and jump into the fray with a revised and more competitive Corolla. It feels like the early 90’s again when we saw a renaissance in car design and performance.

  • 31/12/2999

    I never keep in mind the new Elantra looks so hot and exciting… Well the first pictures taken at the end of 2015 looks so boring, but this is another way.

  • no idontwanttousemyname

    Finally a Hyndai that looks modern, good and most importantly isn’t ugly as hell.

    • Hawk

      I’d say Hyundai has historically had the best looking cars usually, which is why so many other cars have adopted a lot of Hyundai’s designs. Essentially, Hyundai and Audi have been the Apple of the car industry.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      So essentially, your average 2016 Hyundai?

  • Justin Spencer

    Nice, but couldn’t Hyundai think of something better to call it than Elantra Sport???

  • hwkr_01

    The new Civic Si was aiming to have around 230 hp if I remember correctly and it looks like the interior of the KDM Elantra means business but I’m not sure if it’ll be an exact match for the Civic. I have a lot of bias in favoritism but seems kinda like Chevy trying to inject power into the Cobalt or HHR SS. They weren’t really meant for invigorating driving

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Cobalt? Are you still back in 2008?

      • hwkr_01

        I’m aware of what year it is. My purpose with that was a metaphorical comparison. The cobalt was GM’s first attempt to inject some power into a some what growing competitive class at the time before it was the cavalier competing with basically three other cars versus in today’s market everyone who attempts to make a sporty or tuned FWD economoy car like the Civic Si, GTI, ST, or WRX (AWD) have been doing it for years, and doing it properly for that matter. Not to say that the current 15 MY civic si is on terms of power with the other cars I just listed, but who does the civic si really compete with in terms of stock performance right now? Not a whole lot; so this new Elantra seems like a good idea but the real test is how it’ll stack up against other cars in the segment. Otherwise GM would sell a 2016 Cruze SS… Which they don’t anymore because it wasn’t any good

        • Tumbi Mtika

          I see. Sorry.

  • Alex S

    this looks really good…i think at 200hp, it makes the ‘Sport’ moniker worthwhile. I REALLY like the tire and rim combo…Hyundai among the few that simply ‘get’ the wheel design aspect (especially vs the awful stock wheel choices for Toyota, Honda etc..) Could be a hot seller and perhaps put a dent in Civic sales.. I wouldn’t have considered a Hyundai Elantra before…but this, it’s actually good looking

  • bd

    The i30 is supposed to be the first model to get the N-division performance variant.

    It remains to be soon if Hyundai is going to do an N variant for the Elantra above the Sport trim.

  • Grumpy

    Better have worked on that suspension. that 200 don’t mean anything if it handles like crap.

    • bd

      The suspension on the regular Elantra with a torsion beam is pretty good (not quite Mazda3, but that has more to do with steering feel/feedback); the Sport model, however, gets upgraded to an IRS.

  • Evo45

    I hope Hyundai would also sell it in Europe.

  • Gaster

    over 200 HP ? I don’t think so. Under 180ps I guess.
    Hyundai has 275ps 2.0GDI(genesis), 245ps 2.0TGDI(sonata), and 180(177)ps 1.6TGDI (sonata, tucson, …). And he will not make a new engine for sport’y’ model.

    • nhaerter

      There is a 201 horsepower variant for the Hyundai Veloster that uses a modified 1.6 liter turbo. If not that, they’ll put the 2.0 in it.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      A. It will be over 200HP, and B. Who says they aren’t making a new engine for the Sport?

  • Craig

    The one thing that impresses me most about Hyundai is that I get the feeling that they’re working around the clock on making better and better cars. Nothing is left to rot on the vine.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      That is very well said.

  • Matt

    It’s got the rear end of the Lexus RC-F (just compare with the article thumbnail of this and the 3-way drag race!)

  • fabri99

    Lovely looking car, but why exactly is the wheels badge blue?

    • nhaerter

      Plastic covering them

      • fabri99

        lol I feel dumb now

        • Kash

          at least you didn’t ask why some of the cars had white hoods, roofs, and trunks. lol

          • fabri99

            Just because I didn’t notice…

  • john1168

    I read a rumor that Hyundai will put the 200hp motor in the Tucson too….maybe.

    • Archknight77

      I read that as well, which I assume that this mystery engine will be pushing close to 220hp/215lb-ft because of the upgrades made to the 7 DCT by KIA, so it can handle 221lb-ft.

  • Raf

    Definitely would get this over CIvic based on looks alone. Let’s hope performance is more than adequate. Hoping for 210+ HP!

  • KidRed

    Looks good.

  • Liam Paul

    They need more then 200 HP, I guess Hyundai N performance brand will address that. I like to see at least 274 hp if not closer to over 325 HP

  • Althea Later

    That’s some nice yellow. Metallic?

  • That actually looks pretty neat. Hopefully it drives as sporty as it looks.