2017 Elantra Sedan

The new Hyundai Elantra will get a hot SR version Down Under, Hyundai Australia has announced. The range-topper will arrive around August this year. Prior to this, the SR badge has been used on sportier variants of the i30, Veloster and Santa Fe SUV in Australia.

The Elantra SR will be powered by the 1.6 litre turbo engine found in the Veloster SR Turbo and Euro-spec i30 Turbo facelift, with 200 hp and 265 Nm of torque. Two gearboxes will be offered – a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

According to CarAdvice, Hyundai Australia’s suspension tuning team are finalising a unique chassis tune with specific suspension, damper, strut and bushing configurations, with help from former WRC engineer David Potter. The Elantra SR will also get independent rear suspension to replace the regular sixth-gen sedan’s torsion beam. Quicker steering could also be on the cards.

To emphasise the performance on tap, the Elantra SR will get 18-inch alloys, a bodykit, sports seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel, among other things. Equipment levels should be equivalent to the Aussie range topping Elantra Elite.

A 200 hp version of a mass-market sedan is pretty unique in the market, and the publication notes that it will be interesting to gauge buyer response, given that the average Elantra buyer is from an older demographic. A brand-building exercise, it notes.

Earlier this month, reports from the US suggested that a performance-oriented version of the Elantra is being planned and will make its American debut late this year at the SEMA show. The points – 1.6L turbo, 200 hp, 6MT or 7DCT – checks out with this Australian-market Elantra SR. Hot Elantra, what do you think?

GALLERY: 2017 Hyundai Elantra