Hyundai Elantra GT Hot Hatch Spied Testing at Nurburgring

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Is the Hyundai Elantra GT getting a hotter variant?

The Korean automaker has been spied testing a more aggressively styled Elantra GT five-door model at the Nurburgring, hinting at the possibility of a hot hatch from Hyundai with additional performance. Up front, there’s a more aggressive front fascia, sportier wheels and slotted brake rotors. Out in the back is a dual exhaust setup with the rear bumper cut to fit the new tips.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Mazda3 vs Hyundai Elantra GT vs Volkswagen Golf

It’s unlikely that Hyundai is gearing up to take on models like the Ford Focus RS, but competition in the hatchback segment is heating up, especially in markets outside the U.S. With the Honda Civic Type R on the horizon and the 345-hp Ford Focus RS looking to dominate the market, Hyundai’s popular Elantra GT model could use more power. The standard 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood providing 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque, making it quite standard with the competition.

Perhaps Hyundai is following in the footsteps of its Veloster R-Spec that is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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  • MireilleGDavis

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  • joseph_rma

    Hot hatchs like GTI should be nervous because former BMW M boss is now with Hyundai/Kia performance dept. and maybe they are going to develop some proper sport cars with him on the top.

  • MisterBill

    If only they could make one with a bigger trunk area like the old Elantra GT or Touring had.

  • CypherGate

    I must admit this hatch looks awesome. I like the design. Very unique.

  • ersc

    I own a 2013 with the smaller 1.8L. We’ve taken it on several road trips, just an awesome car. Compacts are no longer the buzzy rattle traps they used to be.

  • judd
  • GS_EV

    Kudos!

  • when i was buying a new car a few months ago, i drove the 2015 gt, nice car, but the engine was underpowered. if they put in a better engine, that would be a good thing.