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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Debuts in South Korea

At long last, the compact-sized Elantra sedan gains some sportiness with the arrival of the Elantra Sport. And yes, it will arrive in the U.S. late this year.
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In my previous story about the Elantra Sport, I might have been wrong. More to the point, the paint finish pictured above isn’t called Mustard Metallic, but Blazing Yellow. However, the most important thing about the Elantra Sport is that the rear suspension is multi-link, not your typical torsion beam.

Compared to the regular Elantra, the more athletic sibling is garnished with different headlights, bold LED daytime running lights, a more aggressive front bumper, two exhaust pipes, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Once you step inside, you are welcomed by a two-tone cabin that combines black and red accents with faux carbon fiber trim, contrast stitching, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. An 8-inch display is available as an option, bringing satellite navigation to the table.

Be it the 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is available with three engines in South Korea, where the model is known as the Avante Sport. The first is a naturally aspirated 1.6 GDI packing 130 horsepower (132 PS). The second is a 2.0 CVVT with 147 horsepower (149 PS).

There’s also a turbo diesel with 134 horsepower, but I have my doubts that we’ll see this engine in the United States. The cherry on top, however, is a 1.6 T-GDI that churns out 201 horsepower (204 PS) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque. When matched with the 7-speed DCT auto, the 1.6 T-GDI returns 28.2 miles per gallon (8.3 liters per 100 kilometers) combined, according to fuel efficiency standards used in South Korea.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is far from being an N Performance product, but at the end of the day, this is a step in the right direction for the Asian brand. Expect the Elantra Sport to drop by the 2016 SEMA Show.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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