2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1

After being spied on public roads recently, the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport has now been officially launched in South Korea, where it is known as the Avante Sport. As the name denotes, this is a hotter version of sixth-generation Elantra, so it gets more of everything.

On the exterior, a more aggressive body style has been applied on the Elantra Sport. The front fascia now gets a larger bumper featuring larger intakes and LED DRLs. The trapezoidal grille now gets a black surround instead of a chrome one, along with a red ‘Sport’ badge. The HID headlamps also get new graphics and red accents here too.

Progressing down the sides, the Elantra Sport gets side skirting and 18-inch alloys (225/40R18 tyres). Meanwhile, the rear gets a redesigned bumper as well that hosts a pair of chrome exhaust tips and a faux diffuser element. Sharper LED combination tail lamps round up the list of changes here.

Inside, the Elantra Sport gets, well, sportier with the addition of faux carbon-fibre or red accents on the dash and other areas. Black-red sports bucket seats (with ‘Sport’ embroidery), a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a revised instrument cluster are now available to the driver.

The new (and improved) looks are matched by improved performance as well. Under the hood, you get a 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDi turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 204 hp and 265 Nm. That is 57 hp and 86 Nm more than the most powerful US-market Elantra currently (2.0 litre Nu MPI).

Those who prefer “man over machine” when it comes to gear shifting will be pleased to know that a standard-six speed manual gearbox is offered, with an optional seven-speed DCT.

A bump in power isn’t the only performance enhancer here. Hyundai has also decided to give the Elantra Sport rear multi-link suspension instead of the standard torsion beam, which should add to the fun factor for those behind the wheel.

The Elantra Sport is the latest addition to the sixth-gen Elantra’s line-up, and is expected to make its appearance on American soil during the 2016 SEMA Show in October. Interested in having a model like this?