We're big fans of the latest Hyundai Elantra. Offering a generally refined driving experience, a good amount of room for its class and a smorgasbord of options all at a reasonable price, the Elantra is more than competitive with the best vehicles in its class.

One thing the Elantra will never be accused of, though, is being too sporty. With 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque from its 1.8-liter four cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox, the Elantra has adequate power and scores extra points for fuel economy. That's all well and good, but that's just not enough oomph to compete with machines like the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper S.

Interestingly enough, those are the exact vehicles mentioned by Hyundai as competitors for its innovative three-door Veloster Turbo. According to a report from Auto Express, the Elantra may one day get a welcome injection of power courtesy of a turbocharged engine just like its little brother.

According to AE, the Veloster Turbo's 1.6-liter mill, which puts out respectable figures of 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 194 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm, is slated as an option for the three-door hatchback version of the UK's Hyundai i30 (that's the Elantra in the States). Sounds pretty good to us Yanks, though we're hoping the forced-induction love is spreads across the range to the GT five-door hatch and sedan, as well.


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        desinerd1
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        In other news, Civic costs twice as much to insure compared to Toyota Sienna. Is it that much more likely to get into an accident?
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        desinerd1
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        When Consumerreports tested both, Sonata Turbo was as fast as Camry V6 and certainly faster than Camry Hybrid http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/3058/camry.png
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      Kevin Schneider
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      What's to mull, sell the turbo.
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      Matrix
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      Heck yeah, turbo elantra for the win. I would buy one.
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turbo power and efficiency could make the Elantra GT a must have car for LOTS of people. I also hope they make it.
      Esher127
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like Hyundai. I like the constant Hyundai coverage by AB. *shrug*
      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure that 201 hp engine could compete with the class leaders. Focus St >250hp. MazdaSpeed3 >250hp WRX >250hp Genesis Coupe >250hp New SRT4 (Dart?) >250hp All these cars will be within a few $1000 of an elantra turbo I would think. They will need to put that Sonata turbo engine in there for the 270hp. That would be nice AND get decent mileage.
        Whatamooseiam
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        @graphikzking
        No, not in the same class. And you've even added their own Genesis coupe there which shows you what class those cars belong to. An Elantra turbo would be closer competitor to a GTI (200hp), Civic Si (200hp) and Cooper S (181hp). Oh wait, that's exactly what the article mentioned.
        RudyH
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        @graphikzking
        The Genesis Coupe has 270hp, and why would the Elantra turbo get the same power? The only cars in your list should be Focus ST and MazdaSpeed3, but I'm 100% sure Hyundai is not targeting those two cars from their list above.
      Bence
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, the i30 is not exactly the Elantra. It rides on a similarly sized, but significantly more sophisticated platform (multilink rear), which is half a generation ahead.
        gnvlscdt23f
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        @Bence
        Actually, the Hyundai media site lists the US Elantra GT as having a "torsion axle", which I'm pretty sure what the new i30/cee'd have.
          Bence
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          @gnvlscdt23f
          Trust me, I'm an autojourno, it will be sophisticated. Hopefully the US EGT will retain this setup. Frankfurt Press Release: Front: Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar. Rear: Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.
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          @gnvlscdt23f
          Well, the presser for the i30 sure does say multilink, but the presser for the Elantra GT says twist beam, so obviously the EGT and the i30 aren't exactly the same car. Too bad.
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