There’s a sportier version of the Hyundai Elantra on the way to the U.S., and our first hints about its mechanical upgrades come courtesy of the car’s debut in its home market of South Korea. The Hyundai Elantra Sport — known in Korea as the Avante Sport — has a turbocharged engine and an upgraded chassis, adding a good deal more spice to the sedan’s otherwise sensible nature.
As the red “Turbo” badge in the car’s grille attests, the Hyundai Elantra Sport gets a forced-induction engine, specifically a 1.6-liter turbo-four good for 201 hp. That engine is shared with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo; in the Elantra Sport, it’s claimed to provide an 8.0-second run to 62 mph. In the standard U.S.-market Elantra, the sole engine choice is a 147-hp, 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four.
Other upgrades for the Korean Hyundai Elantra Sport include 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, leather sports seats, a new body kit with a front splitter and rear diffuser, a flat-bottom steering wheel, upgraded brakes, and a multilink rear suspension instead of the standard car’s torsion beam design. It’s unclear exactly which of these upgrades will make it to the U.S., but we’re optimistic the answer is “all of them.”
Hyundai is also touting even racier upgrade packages for the Elantra Sport in Korea, including an “Extreme” handling pack with new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars, plus an optional rear wing and tuner-style six-spoke 18-inch wheels.
A sportier, turbocharged Elantra would direct-inject some excitement into the typically staid compact-sedan segment. Hyundai tells us that the Elantra Sport will reach the U.S. before the end of the year, but didn’t share any other information on the car. Check back later this year for official word on U.S. specs.
The standard 2017 Hyundai Elantra is pictured.