2017 Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo on sale in Australia from $28,990

Hyundai Australia has finally announced the sporty SR Turbo variant of the new Elantra, bringing turbo power to the small sedan for the first time in Australia.

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Hyundai confirmed the variant would join the local lineup a while ago, but now it’s here. The Elantra SR Turbo comes with the company’s 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine seen in the Veloster SR Turbo, producing 150kW and 265Nm.

Aussie buyers are offered either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto, both with front-wheel drive. Acceleration figures haven’t been mentioned but it would be reasonable to assume this is the quickest Elantra ever offered in Australia. Fuel economy is rated at 7.7L/100km for the manual and 7.2L/100km for the DCT auto.

Not only is there a boosted engine under the bonnet, the SR Turbo variant also gets sporty 17-inch alloy wheels, larger front brake discs that are 25mm bigger and 2mm thicker, while handling is taken care of thanks to a multi-link independent rear suspension setup that has been tuned in Australia.

There’s also twin exhausts, HID bi-xenon headlights, a neat bodykit, bespoke taillights, and a range of sporty interior highlights including alloy pedals, carbon-like trimmings, black headlining, sports seats and steering wheel, and red stitching in some areas.

In terms of technologies the Elantra comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 7.0-inch touch-screen interface boasting various on-board apps. Being the new flagship variant, a sunroof, power driver’s seat with heating for the front, and paddle shifters are all standard. See below for starting prices (excludes on-roads):

2017 Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo manual – $28,990
2017 Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo DCT auto – $31,290