Putting a little bit of life into its morbidly dull Elantra series Hyundai has launched a new version that is a bit more drive-focused, a bit more fun to drive. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport comes with a 200 horsepower engine, independent multi-link rear suspension, and a manual gearbox.
That makes this model the most powerful Elantra ever, and also one of the most potent in this class and price range. The heart of 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is a 1.6 Turbo GDI four-cylinder engine generating more than 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission for those who want to make the most out of the engine, or a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters for less enthusiastic drivers.
Another important highlight of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is the independent multi-link rear suspension. Handling and on-road dynamics have never been this car’s strong suit, and we doubt that some new springs and dampers are going to do much to change things. But hey, even if the Sport drive only a little bit better than the regular versions that’s a good thing.
To be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016 in America and Canada, the Sport Elantra comes with unique exterior and interior appointments such as dual exhaust, aero kit, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching.