If you haven't seen Hyundai's latest Elantra on the roads yet, you might want to have your vision checked. It's one of the most strikingly styled compact sedans around, and it's soon to get a coupe variant at the Los Angeles Auto Show and a 208-horsepower turbocharged R-Spec version to follow in 2012, according to the latest reports.
That 208-horsepower figure may sound familiar if you've been keeping up with the Veloster, which is tipped to get the same engine in the turbo version confirmed at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The figures of the engine are rumored to sit at 208 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque--not bad at all considering the engine's 1.6-liter displacement.
Such an upgrade to the Elantra would likely mean an incredible budget value for a performance/sporty compact car, especially if it's available in the coupe form. We're not yet ready to equate Hyundai's chassis tuning abilities with MINI's, but it's on par for power with the JCW Cooper S, and likely to retail well below the pricey Anglo-German hatchback. Considering the sedan's curb weight of 2,701 pounds, it's not too portly, either, weighing in just 33 pounds heavier than the JCW MINI. As a bonus, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Veloster could make its way into the R-Spec as well.
As for the two-door model, rumored since this February, it's expected to get the standard range of Elantra sedan features, including the base 138-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The standard six-speed manual transmission is likely to be available on GLS models, with a six-speed automatic available as an option and standard on Limited models.