Introducing the 2017 Elantra Sport

2017 Elantra Sport

As Hyundai grows, the variety of vehicles continues to increase, reaching more and more potential customers. A company that debuted with only two or three models in its first decade has grown to offer a dozen different models. One of the most popular vehicles over the years from Hyundai was the Tiburon, a sporty, compact two-door that helped to herald in the growth of the company. While the Veloster is a sports compact for the quirky crowd, many Hyundai drivers are looking for a sedan that combines the mature styling that Hyundai is moving to with potent performance, a car that can match up with the Mazda 3s of the world. In the upcoming 2017 Elantra Sport, Hyundai thinks they have a candidate.

Peppy Power and Impressive Control

You don’t get to call a model the Sport and not follow up on it. The Sport will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that will produce at least 200-horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque – Hyundai is playing it coy and not releasing solid final numbers until closer to release time. While it hasn’t been finalized or road-tested, you can take a look at the turbo Veloster for an idea of what we are talking about. The Rally Edition Veloster Turbo, weighing in at a few hundred pounds less than the Elantra is expecting but with nearly identical equipment in the performance department, was able to turn in a 7.3 second 0-60 time. The smart money says that the first edition of the Sport will be able to top that.

Control is also important when it comes to sport performance, because straight-line power is only useful in straight lines. A perky seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a classic six-speed manual transmission are available, the latter of which is a rarity in non-luxury sedans. That should make the driving purist happy, as should the independent multi-link rear suspension aimed at improving driving dynamics and feel. Increased control and a stiffer chassis will allow for superior control – you won’t be attacking tracks, but you’ll certainly be able to enjoy country roads a little more.

Sharps Looks and Impressive Interior

Sportiness is mostly about performance, but let’s face it, you need the looks and technology to go with everything that is under the hood. On the outside, the Sport is subtle and mature, with an upgraded front fascia, a subdued body kit, and good-looking 20-spole aluminum wheels. It is a sport feel that is closer to the European ideals of Audi and VW, instead of the flash and show of vehicles like the Ford Focus ST or even the Civic SI. Drivers will also enjoy the fact that the Elantra sticks to its four-door sedan body style, making it a fairly unique choice in a sport compact class packed with hatchbacks.

2017 Elantra Sport"

Inside, the sport has the same roominess of the standard Elantra, but with some additional upgrades. A flat-bottomed steering wheel provides a hint of sport, while front sport seats and red contrast stitching in the upholstery all set the Sport apart. The advanced technology and comfort options that have highlighted the Elantra line in recent years will all be available, including the touchscreen infotainment display and a sunroof.

So keep your eyes open for the upcoming 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport, expected to hit our showroom in the early fall of this year. It promises to be an enjoyable, entertaining car that can also be a solid, family-oriented daily driver. If you want to know when the Sport editions start rolling out, just come in to Fort Mill Hyundai and have a chat with one of our sales staff, they’ll be happy to let you know about expected arrivals the closer we get!

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