The powered-up new 2017 Hyundai Elantra SR sports sedan is now on sale in Australia, following its Korean debut in April.
Available now, the SR joins the new Elantra range with a starting price of $28,990 plus on-road costs.
A six-speed manual will be standard, and a seven-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) will bump pricing up to $31,290 before on-road costs.
That pricing positions the SR, as expected, above the auto-only $26,490 Elantra Elite, and well beyond the $21,490 starting point of the entry-level, manual-equipped Active model.
While all variants in the regular Elantra range are powered by a naturally aspirated 112kW/192Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, the Elantra SR gets the now well-travelled 1.6-litre turbo engine that has featured in the Veloster SR Turbo and the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT – the latter now retired from the local scene.
That mill sees outputs in the top-spec Elantra SR of 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm between 1500 and 4500rpm. ‘Warm’ territory by today’s standards in the sporty small-car segment, but a neat upgrade for the new flagship variant.
However, if not the engine itself, the Elantra SR’s biggest selling point is its independent rear suspension (IRS), replacing the torsion-beam setup that features in the core range.
The addition of IRS will, by default but but also by specific Australian-focused tuning, deliver greater road-holding for a more dynamic run through corners.
Importantly, the Elantra SR’s IRS setup is the same package we’ll find in the all-new i30 hatch when it hits Australia in the second quarter of 2017.
Other tweaks for this SR-badged special include larger brakes and a faster steering setup, along with – of course – a sports styling kit inside and out.
Key features, beyond those offered with the Active and Elite, include:
2017 Elantra SR pricing and specifications (plus on-road costs):
Watch for CarAdvice’s first-drive review of the Elantra SR to come late next week.