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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Boasts IRS, Turbo Engine, $21,650 Price Tag

Other than for the love of drag racing, the solid axle is yesterday’s news. But be that as it may, econoboxes continue to be offered with twist-beam axle rear suspension, a.k.a. a cheaper solution than an independent rear end. For the sportiest version of the Elantra, however, Hyundai employed multi-link rear suspension.
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The model-exclusive solution comes at a cost, though. Whereas the Elantra starts from $17,150, the IRS-enhanced Elantra Sport comes at $21,650 without accounting for the $835 destination charge. That’s a difference of $4,500, but then again, the Elantra Sport is more than just the fancier suspension. Other than that, the menu also includes higher spring and damper rates, quicker steering, 18-inch alloy wheels, and better brakes.

Available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT ($22,750), the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport also happens to be more powerful than the rest of the lineup. From a turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI, the South Korean automaker squeezed 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the Elantra’s 147 hp and 132 lb-ft, that’s more like it. It's no Golf GTI, though. As far as the interior design is concerned, the Elantra Sport is just another day at work for Hyundai.

Cabin highlights include front sport seats wrapped in leather, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red contrast stitching, and a black headliner. As standard, the Elantra Sport is equipped with a 7-inch Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HID headlights, as well as push button start.

For an additional $2,400, Hyundai will gladly add an 8-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, an 8-speaker Infinity premium audio system, Blue Link connectivity, a power sunroof, as well as a suite of active safety features that include lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

“With Elantra Sport, we deliver a relentlessly fun daily driver that offers unprecedented performance for the Elantra nameplate,” explains Mike Evanoff, product manager for the Hyundai Elantra lineup.

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