According to South Korean news outlets, the manufacturer will debut the Elantra Sport on its domestic market later today. The business end is expected to be a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque. Yup, it’s the twin-scroll turbocharged unit found under the hood of the Veloster. The engine is reportedly matched with a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission. There’s no information on the availability of a manual, sorry.
Compared to the American-spec Elantra, the Elantra Sport boasts two-tone upholstery, sportier seats, restyled headlights and LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels with a unique design, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and two exhaust pipes poking out the right side of the rear bumper. These details, however, are not as important as the following bit of intel: instead of a torsion beam rear, the Elantra Sport boasts independent rear suspension. Oh, happy day!
Look out for the American debut of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport at SEMA. Other than the upcoming Honda Civic Si, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI SE is also willing to give the Elantra Sport a run for its money.
UPDATE: Here’s the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport in all its glory.