If you want a sporty model to truly succeed, it needs to be more than some flashy kit. It must contain parts that actually contribute to its sporting nature -- the Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI are great examples. Hyundai is certainly paying attention to this, as its new 2017Sport is more go than show.
The most important change lies under the hood. The Elantra Sport features a 1.6-liter, turbocharged I-4, good for 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available -- a seven-speed dual-clutch, or an honest-to-goodness six-speed manual. As before, power only goes to the front wheels.
Complementing the extra hustle is a new rear suspension. Now featuring a multi-link getup, the Elantra Sport should handle differently (and better) than its lineup mates. There is, of course, a bit of visual flair to go along with all this. The exterior features sharper fasciae, and the interior's rocking a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Hyundai's not letting the whole cat out of the bag just yet. Further details, including pricing, will be made available closer to the Elantra Sport's fourth-quarter release date.