The powered-up new 2017 Hyundai Elantra SR sports sedan is now on sale in Australia, following its Korean debut in April.

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News that the new Elantra would join Hyundai Australia's sporting SR range was first confirmed earlier this year, and the first example was spied in its home market a few months later.

Available now, the SR joins the new Elantra range with a starting price of $28,990 plus on-road costs.

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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.

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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.

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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:

  • 1.6 Turbo-GDi engine (+38kW & 73Nm)
  • 17-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels
  • Larger front brake discs (+25mm diameter/+2mm thickness)
  • Multi-link independent suspension with bespoke Australian sports-tuned dynamics.
  • Drive Mode Select (DCT only) - Normal, Sport & Eco modes
  • Sensory Safety features including:
    • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
    • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Front parking assist system (4 sensors)
  • Twin exhaust tips
  • HID Bi-Xenon headlights (sports design)
  • Sports body kit (front/rear bumpers, side skirts, radiator grille)
  • Sports tail-light design
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Black headlining
  • Carbon-fibre effect dashboard/door inserts
  • Dark charcoal metallic painted dash panels and door handles
  • Red-stitched interior upholstery
  • Sports front bucket seats with extended bolsters and ‘Sport’ logos
  • Sports steering wheel (flat-bottomed) and supervision cluster
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat (10-way including lumbar)
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-operated sunroof
  • Steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters (DCT only)
  • USB power outlet in centre floor console storage compartment
  • New exterior colours exclusive to Elantra SR Turbo: Sparkling Metal, Phoenix Orange and Blazing Yellow
    • Metallic / Mica paint: $495
  • Optional: Red leather upholstery: $295
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2017 Elantra SR pricing and specifications (plus on-road costs):

  • Elantra SR - six-speed manual - $28,990
  • Elantra SR - seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission - $31,290

Watch for CarAdvice's first-drive review of the Elantra SR to come late next week.