All-New Turbocharged 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport For The USA

Hyundai has lifted the veils off the all-new US market 2017 Elantra Sport, which now comes with turbo power and a multilink rear suspension.

Deemed as the most powerful Elantra model ever, the new Sport is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine with “more than 200hp and 190lb ft of torque”.

Customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The chassis is fitted with an exclusive multilink rear suspension to ensure a sportier handling while the exterior gains a subtle body kit and bigger alloy wheels.

The small changes continue inside the cabin which now features a flat-bottom steering wheel, sports seats and red contrast stitching. Hyundai didn’t reveal any more details on the performance or pricing of the new Elantra Sport which will become available closer to the on-sale date which is the fourth quarter of 2016.

“The new 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 new Hyundai Elantra Sport is expected to rival cars like the upcoming Honda Civic Si and the Ford Focus ST when it finally hits the market.


  • Craig

    “Customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.” WOW!! Good for them. None of this, “CVT only”, nonsense!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      They’re not Nissan, dude.

      • Craig

        And they’re not Honda either.

        • Tumbi Mtika


    • Six_Tymes


  • Justin Spencer

    Hyundai did a pretty good job with this generation Elantra. The interior and exterior design looks surprisingly upmarket and the horsepower numbers sound very promising for this class of car. It should really have some nice pickup. We’ll have to see how it performs and how close it comes to the buttery smooth manuals that Honda and VW offer. The name “Elantra Sport” doesn’t do the car justice if it’s going after the compact performance niche. They should’ve called it “Elantra GTS” or at least something that sounds better.

    • Carson

      They should’ve used the N nameplate IMHO.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        That’s hopefully saved for RS-fighting duties…

    • bd

      “Sport” is fine for this version; it remains to be seen if Hyundai will do a “hot” (and not “warm”) version of the Elantra as they are doing with the new i30 which will be getting the 1st N-performance variant with a 2.0T putting out 250-260HP or if they will just bring that to the States.

  • xDRAN0x

    that’s a Subaru STI gearshift!

    • Six_Tymes

      oh crap, your right. looks the same

  • Eric

    This? Rival the Focus ST? Surely not…

    • Grumpy

      More like civic si/ ilx

  • ediotsavant

    I don’t have high hopes for this car. This engine is also found in the Kia Forte and it is a gas guzzler at 21/29. A Civic with the 1.5 Turbo will outperform this by a country mile.

    • bd

      C&D got 27 mpg driving the Forte5 SX (6spd auto) hard the way they do – which is 1mpg better than they were getting on the Focus ST.

      For the 1.5T Civic coupe, C&D got 29 MPG, 2 mpg better than the Forte5 SX.

      The combo of the 1.6T and the 7 spd DCT should improve the mpg quite a bit over the AT as C&D got 30 mpg on the Sonata Eco with that combo.

      Also, C&D got a 0-60 time of 6.7s with the Sonata Eco, 6.4s with the Forte5 SX and for the Civic coupe, 6.6s.

      So no, doesn’t look like the Civic would outperform this by a “country mile” (if anything, this will likely be quicker 0-60).

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This BETTER have at least the 260 HP “expected” from the i30N, because I want the i30N to have more power. And of course AWD.


  • William

    The KDM model has 204 PS, which converts to 201 hp. More than 200hp it is…

  • Jon

    The general shape is almost identical to the Dodge Dart.

    • bd

      And the general shape is very reminiscent of the previous gen Elantra.

  • I never asked myself what the child of a Mazda and an Audi would look like, now I know.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Is that bad?

    • bd

      Hyundai was doing the hexagonal-shaped grill before Audi, as well as the swept back headlamps.

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