Today Hyundai formalized plans to bring the Elantra Sport to the United States. First launched in South Korea, the new Elantra Sport markets the most powerful version of the car ever produced.

Like the global version of the car, the Sport will feature a blacked-out grille with larger air intakes in the front fascia than the pedestrian version of the car. The revised grille is flanked by dark-bezel headlights to further add to the car’s “sporty” appearance. Inside the Sport is differentiated with a flat-bottom steering wheel and red stitching.

The real news here is what is under the hood. The Elantra Sport is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates a healthy 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. That power can flow to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The increase in power is also supplemented with a multi-link rear suspension that will improve the car’s handling ability.

In summary, this appears to be a very compelling package for those wanting an extra kick from their compact sedan.

Pricing for the 2017 Elantra Sport will be announced closer to its fourth quarter launch.

2017 Elantra Sport

2017 Elantra Sport