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The 200-Horsepower 2017 Elantra Sport Shows That Hyundai Is Ready To Be A Performance Player

This looks like Hyundai's answer to cars like the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Hyundai has just released a turbocharged sport version of its Elantra sedan. The 2017 Elantra Sport will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as the Veloster Turbo. Oddly, the Elantra will have 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, exactly one less horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque less than the Veloster. Still, this new Hyundai model will be very sporty with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission on offer. This car also has the suspension to match its power.

The Elantra Sport ditched the base car's torsion bar suspension in favor of a new multi-link unit. The Elantra has a Korean-market twin called the Avante Sport, which offers an optional "Extreme Package" with anti-roll bars, springs and shocks. We aren't sure whether this package will make it to the Elantra in the US, but since the two cars are identical we wouldn't be surprised if Hyundai offers the package with a new name. The Elantra Sport retains its subtle look, but additions like unique bodywork and model-specific interior appointments such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching help the car stand out as a sporty option.

Some sedans in the segment, such as the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Dodge Dart come close to the Elantra Sport's 200 hp, but only the Volkswagen Jetta GLI tops it with 210 hp. The Elantra Sport may have more power than other sedans, but we question whether or not Hyundai has captured the essence of spirited driving. For example, the Veloster Turbo sounds like a fun car on paper but can't match the steering feel and overall driving dynamics of the Volkswagen GTI. We will wait until we drive the Elantra Sport to render a verdict, but for now we are excited to see Hyundai start to get serious about performance cars. Now we just need an actual N model and some sporty Genesis cars and then things will start to get really interesting.

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