Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Turbo Makes 274 Horsepower, Priced at $24,865

If you're looking at spending under $25,000 on your next sports sedan, Hyundai just may have your car. The Korean automaker has announced its upcoming Sonata SE 2.0T Turbo will start at $24,865 including destination when it hits showrooms later this year. The higher-level Sonata Limited 2.0T Turbo will start at $27,765.

The Sonata SE 2.0T Turbo is the long-awaited performance option to the standard Sonata SE, powered by a 200-horsepower, 186-pound-foot , 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. The new 2.0-liter turbo inline-four produces 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, but we'll have to wait until we test one later this year before we can vouch for any performance figures - Hyundai has yet to provide estimated acceleration times for the new variant.

Despite its increased performance, the turbocharged Sonata is claimed to achieve EPA figures of 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway on regular gasoline. The turbocharger being used is of the twin-scroll type, offering more responsive behavior than traditional turbo units.

Much to the chagrin of some enthusiasts, we suspect, the Sonata 2.0T Turbo will be offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed manual gearbox is available only, as before, on the base level Sonata and is intended as a value option.

For full Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Turbo trim specifications, see below:

Sonata SE 2.0T * 2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine * 6-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters * 18-inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels with performance tires * Sport-tuned suspension and steering * Dark chrome front grille * Chrome exterior door handles * Proximity entry with push button start * SE leather bolster/cloth insert sport seats * Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob * Front fog lights / dual exhaust * Dual automatic temperature control * ESC/TCS/ABS/TPMS * Front active head restraints * Front, front seat side and curtain airbags * Chrome window belt-line moldings * Tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls * Metalgrain interior accents * AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB and Aux input jacks * Remote keyless entry and alarm * Immobilizer * Power windows, locks, heated mirrors * Advanced trip computer with custom settings * Active ECO System * Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer * Daytime Running Lights (DRL) * Solar control glass

Navigation and Sunroof Package * Power tilt and slide sunroof * Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display * Dimension premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier

Sonata Limited 2.0T Replaces/Adds/Deletes SE 2.0T equipment: * Power tilt and slide sunroof * Side mirror turn signal indicators * Leather seating surfaces * Heated front seats with heated rear seat bottom cushions * Floor console mounted rear vents * Premium door sill plates / "Limited" badge * In-dash 6-disc CD-changer * HD Radio technology with multicasting * Dimension premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier * Unique interior accents (Piano Black or Woodgrain) * Auto-dimming mirror/HomeLink/compass * Deletes sport-tuned suspension and steering

Navigation Package * Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display * Rear backup camera * Infinity premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier * Deletes 6-disc CD-changer and HD Radio Technology

Source: Hyundai

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