Hyundai Elantra Sport to Rival Civic Si with 200 HP 1.6L Turbo Engine

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Do you like fast cars? Of course you do. It might not be a Subaru WRX, but Hyundai is bringing music to all our ears with a potential hot version of the all-new Elantra sedan that was just revealed. It will be marketed as the Elantra Sport and will pack the same sort of 1.6-liter turbo engine as the Veloster Turbo.
Such a car is well within the South Korean automaker's potential to develop. The engine is ready and so are multiple transmission choices including a twin-clutch option.

Now, that sends us straight to the Jetta GLI and its 210 horsepower 2.0 TSI+DSG combination. Hyundai doesn't need to match Volkswagen's model regarding performance, particularly when the GLI SEL model costs $30,000.

According to Leftlane News, Hyundai USA has promised the Elantra Sport will arrive later in 2016 without announcing any pricing information. The “most dynamic Elantra ever” will use the 1.6-liter turbo GDI engine we mentioned above, likely with the same 201 hp output we know from the Veloster.

Based on what other cars in this segment offer, we expect the Elantra Sport to boast 0 to 60 sprint times (0-97 km/h) of around 6.5 to 7 seconds. Speaking of rivals, besides the Jetta, there aren't a lot of them right now. The one to watch out for is the upcoming all-new Civic Si.

The same source states that the Elantra Sport could arrive as late as November during the SEMA show that Hyundai seems to love. The good news is that since production now takes place in America, we aren't dependent on the Korean factories.

The standard gearbox for the sports compact sedan will be a 6-speed manual. It will be interesting to see how Hyundai balances offering lots of exciting equipment with reasonable pricing.

A Sport version is also reportedly being considered for the hatchback model, the Elantra GT. That's hardly surprising, considering it's based on the European i30 model that is already offered with a 1.6-liter turbo engine.

It's worth noting that the 2017 Elantra is a brand new car while the GT is within a few years of being replaced. Then again, so are the Jetta and the Ford Focus, so we shouldn't complain.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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