Korean carmaker Hyundai has launched a sportier version of the Elantra sedan in its home market of South Korea.
The Elantra which is sold as the 'Avante' in South Korea is now available to South Korean buyers in a more sporty variant called the Avante Sport.
Powering the Avante Sport is a 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 204hp and 265Nm of torque. There are two gearbox options available, a 6-speed manual and an optional 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The Avante Sport can accelerate from 0–100km/h in just 8 seconds.
To ensure that the Elantra can handle all the extra oomph, Hyundai has fitted the Sport with a multi-link rear suspension as well.
Cosmetically the car looks slightly different from normal Elantra as well. The front bumper looks more aggressive and has larger air intakes to help the more powerful engine breath better. Also new is a red turbo badge on the grille. The headlamps now have a Horizontal LED daytime running light running through them.
On the sides, the new car gets new sid skirts. The Sport also sits on 18-inch alloy wheels as well. At the rear, the LED tail lamps now have new inserts while on the bumper there is a faux diffuser element and twin exhaust tips sneak out from the right side.
Those wishing to make the exterior look even more 'sporty' can opt for Hyundai's extreme package which allows owners to add performance parts, different alloy wheels and a spoiler.
The interiors of the car have changed as well with new sports seats with red stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and faux carbon fibre inserts.
The Elantra Sport is not expected to be sold in India when the new Elantra finally enters India later this year.