Hyundai Motor last month unleashed the most powerful and dynamic Elantra model ever with the unveiling of the all-new Elantra Sport in America. Boasting of a 1.6 Turbo GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine and independent multi-link rear suspension, Hyundai claims the Elantra Sport benefits from a variety of important power train, chassis and styling upgrades over the current models.
The Elantra Sport is powered by a 1.6 Turbo GDI four-cylinder engine generating more than 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet (257 Newton-meters) of torque. The Gamma T-GDI (G4FJ) is a version of 1.6 Gamma GDi with twin-scroll turbocharger, air guided intercooler, direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT (continuous variable valve timing). The engine was unveiled in the 11th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference.
Drivers may choose between a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters.
Helping to ensure the most powerful Elantra ever is also the most fun to drive, the Sport is exclusively outfitted with an independent multi-link rear suspension designed to elevate on-road dynamics and feel.
Finally, Elantra Sport is visually differentiated with unique bodywork and model-specific interior appointments such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching.
“Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests,” said Mike Evanoff, Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning. “This is a vehicle that reflects our own passion for cars and driving, expressing it with sharp looks, proven in-car technology, upgraded power, and fun, sporty handling.”
The Hyundai Elantra Sport will arrive in North American showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2016.