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2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Despite the crossover madness in recent years, the sedan niche is still one of the most popular and competitive segments when it comes to choosing your next daily driver. This is why the Hyundai Elantra is already in its seventh generation. Over the past decade, the Korean brand has been on a crusade to steal as many clients as possible from the likes of Toyota and Honda – brands that dominate the compact sedan segment with the Corolla and Civic models.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan

We take a closer look at the spiced up Hyundai Elantra N Line

Hyundai has been pushing pretty Elantra numbers over the past three years, with sales comprising between 175,000 and 200,000 units sold yearly. It’s no surprise then that the South Koreans gave the greenlight to a more attractive, N-badged iteration of the Elantra sedan, albeit not in the same verve as a fully-fledged N car, but dressed in what Hyundai calls the N Line treatment.

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport - Driven

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport - Driven

Manual transmission brings joy to the Elantra.

The Hyundai Elantra isn’t exactly a spring chicken, being on the market for two decades as of 2020. Over the years, it’s gone through five generational shifts, with the most recent taking place in 2015 with a major facelift happening in 2019. The Elantra of today is completely different than the car it once was and has moved on from its econobox roots into all-new territory where its design and driving dynamics can compete with great authority over the models it competes with, including the Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, and even the Volkswagen Jetta. These days, the range-topping model in the lineup is the Elantra Sport, and we’ve been wondering just how sporty it really is. Well, we’ve finally had a chance to spend some time with it, and this is our experience.

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2019 Hyundai Elantra - Quick Review

2019 Hyundai Elantra - Quick Review

Sharper, Safer, And All Around Better

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sports a considerably different look in the front and rear and was revealed in Park City, Utah at a specially organized event. It’s not all-new, however, as it is actually a facelifted version of the car that appeared only two years ago. As it is one of the most important Hyundai cars in the world, the new Elantra comes with comprehensive safety features and more tech than ever before. You will be able to buy it later this year as a 2019 model. Anywhere in the world apparently, as the event held yesterday in Utah actually had global connotations. This is the new, global Hyundai Elantra.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - Driven

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - Driven

Suppose Hyundai decided it wanted to compete with the global compact hatchback phenomenon known as the Volkswagen Golf.

Oh, wait, the Hyundai i30 has been doing that for several years already. Except, it wasn’t for sale in America — until now.

Say hello to the Hyundai Elantra GT.

The rest of the world still knows it as the Hyundai i30, but for we ‘Mericans, the Hyundai Elantra GT is a newer, better take on the departed Hyundai Elantra Touring.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – Driven

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – Driven

America’s version of the i30 hatchback

The Hyundai Elantra GT is completely new for 2018, bringing with it a very European flair to the longstanding Elantra GT nameplate. But despite its Elantra name, the GT version isn’t a hatchback version of the current Elantra sedan. Rather, the 2018 Elantra GT is a renamed 2018 i30, which is sold around the world. The i30/Elantra GT rides on a shorter wheelbase and have different interior stylings than the Elantra sedan.

So what’s that mean for Hyundai-shopping Americans?

It means the 2018 Elantra GT is a surprisingly classy and solid hatchback. Its fit and finish are impressively upscale, and its long list of features reiterates Hyundai’s value proposition. The GT even does hatchback things well, slotting between the Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic Hatchback in cargo volume behind the second row. Fold the 60/40-split seats down, and the GT outdoes the competition by no less than two cubic feet.

Keep reading for the specifics and driving impressions of the 2018 Elantra GT.

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2017 Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept

2017 Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept

Who would’ve thought that the mild-mannered Elantra had a fearsome side to it

The Hyundai Elantra is getting a SEMA makeover, and it looks, well, you be the judge. After seeing the overhaul Blood Type Racing gave to the Elantra, it’s clear that this isn’t your mom’s daily driver anymore.

The creation is officially called the BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept, and it’s the result of yet another collaboration between the Korean automaker and Blood Type Racing. You may remember the latter from a separate build it did for the Ford Focus ST that’s also heading to SEMA, but the company’s involvement with Hyundai actually stretches for a few years now. Back in 2014, the company created a program for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and followed that up a year later with one for the Hyundai Veloster. This year it’s the Elantra’s turn in the spotlight, and it’s getting a slew of modifications that range from a new aerodynamic body kit all the way to tweaked suspension. The end result speaks for itself, as the Elantra has transformed into something you’re more likely to see on the set of a Fast and Furious production than the parking lot of your local Barnes and Noble.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Will the hatchback version of the Elantra prove a worth competitor in the hatchback market?

Hyundai introduced the Elantra for the 1991 model year, but at that time, even this now well-regarded model was considered a throw-away econobox at best. Hyundai has evolved as a brand a lot over the last 31 years, as has its long-running Elantra nameplate, which entered its sixth generation for the 2016 model year. As was the case with the previous-gen model, the new Elantra has been expected to spawn a GT model, and sure enough, Hyundai showed up to the 2017 Chicago Auto show with not one, but two variants in tow. Offered with either a 1.6-liter, turbocharged mill in Sport trim or a 2.0-liter NA mill in the entry-level trim, the GT can be had with either 201 horsepower or 162 horsepower, respectively. The new GT is now more rigid than before (by 22 percent,) sits lower, is wider, and shed a total of 62 pounds. Because of its hatchback nature, the GT can hold 25 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats in the upright position and more than double that the rear seats laid down.

What’s more important here is that the new Elantra GT will have its work cut out for it on the market. After all, the Elantra GT doesn’t exactly spring to mind when someone mentions hot hatches, despite the fact that it competes against some strong models like the Mazda3 and Ford Focus hatchback, among others. So, will the new Elantra GT have what it takes to drive folks into Hyundai dealers for the brand’s latest hatch? Well, things look promising but Keep reading to see what we think about it and to learn more about how it compares to the competition.

Update 08/03/2017: Hyundai has announced pricing for the 2018 Elantra GT. Prices start out at a relatively low $19,350 and increase to just over $24,000 for the range-topping model. Check out the details in the Prices section below.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport – Driven

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport – Driven

The sportiest member of the Elantra trinity

The Hyundai Elantra is completely new for 2017, including its chassis, suspension, powertrain, and interior. But Hyundai didn’t stop there. The Korean automaker added two distinctive trim levels atop the standard Elantra compact sedan. In fact, it might be more appropriate to consider them sub-models thanks to their deep changes and laser focus. They are the fuel-sipping Elantra Eco and this, the road-hugging Elantra Sport. I recently spent two weeks with the Elantra Sport, driving it around familiar roads along my daily commute and throwing it around corners on quiet country roads.

This isn’t my first foray into Hyundai’s newest Elantra. Actually, it’s my third, having driven both the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited and 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco soon after the car’s launch. These three cars couldn’t be more different despite being cut from the same cloth. As their titles suggest, each has its intended function, with the range-topping Limited trim being the swankiest and most plush, the Eco being the most frugal with fuel, and the Sport being, well, the most willing dance partner of the trio. The 2017 Elantra Sport is up against some stiff competition, found mostly in the Honda Civic Si and Nissan Sentra NISMO. But perhaps the Elantra Sport’s biggest rival will be its own recognition in this niche segment. The Civic Si rules with the weapon of a household name – something Hyundai will have to establish for its compact sports sedan. Thankfully, the Elantra Sport has all the right makings for success. Keep reading to see what I mean.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

Compact sedan gets extra trim with more goodies

By virtue of its name, Hyundai’s new Elantra Value Edition doesn’t exactly scream “exclusive!,” doesn’t it? Well, it’s really less of an exclusive and more of a new trim level that falls right into the Korean automaker’s identity as a brand grounded on value. That or it simply thought the Accent Value Edition was such a good idea that it decided to extend it to the Elantra. Either way, the Elantra Value Edition is here and just like its Accent counterpart, it gets a generous amount of new bits and pieces and a corresponding uptick in price.

But hey, Hyundai says there’s value to be hand with the Elantra Value Edition so let’s run with that. To its credit, the automaker takes “value” pretty seriously, which is why this new trim level is full of some pretty sweet add-ons, particularly for a car of the Elantra’s status that isn’t typically on the receiving end of features like heated front seats and tech features like Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Not only does the Elantra Value Edition boast of these items, they’re also just a small taste of the many other new goodies that Hyundai threw into the model. There is a lot of value to the Elantra Value Edition and the car’s price of $20,250 is just $3,100 more expensive than the entry level Elantra SE trim. More importantly, at least according to Hyundai, the new features of the Value Edition saves buyers $1,215 compared to getting them all as extra accessories on other trim levels.

Say what you will about the absurdity of a trim level being named “Value Edition,” but at least in this case, Hyundai made sure that the “value” it’s touting extends past the model’s name.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Hyundai Elantra Value Edition.

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2016 Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept By ARK

2016 Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept By ARK

Who says the Elantra can’t look good with the right mods?

SEMA is creeping up on us almost as fast as winter, and manufacturers are starting to preview some pretty awesome concepts ahead of their official debut. Today we’re here to talk about the Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept that was put together through a partnership between Hyundai and ARK. The Elantra is far from anything that resembles a tuner car, but ARK has somehow managed to turn this little family hauling sedan into a decent looking tuner. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but ARK added things like a custom turbo kit, new downpipe and exhaust system, full coil-over suspension, a wide body kit, a nice set of wheels, and a full vinyl wrap, among other things, to create the wildest looking Elantra that you’ll probably ever see.

Kevin Bentley, the developer of the ARK Elantra Concept, said, “ARK Performance knows the Hyundai brand almost as well as our own. We strive to leverage the superb product development of Hyundai engineers, building upon their expertise while offering something really special to enthusiasts. The ARK Road Racer Elantra Concept offers the specific model enhancements that our customers have come to expect from ARK.”

Hyundai’s aren’t exactly known to be something enthusiasts look for at car shows or underground meets. Has ARK proven that even a car like the Hyundai Elantra is worthy of at least a little street credit? Let’s take a closer look and find out for ourselves.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept By ARK.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco – Driven

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco – Driven

Value & efficiency make this the Elantra to have

The Elantra has been around for a while, but it started garnering major attention when the fifth generation debuted in 2010. Now in its sixth generation, the Elantra is grabbing more headlines. New for the 2017 model year, Hyundai is adding the Eco trim to the Elantra’s repertoire. This isn’t some hybrid with expensive batteries or electric motors – no, this is simply an honest gas-powered sedan that achieves 40 mpg on the highway.

Let’s back up a bit. Hyundai’s last Elantra, the fifth generation, came to market with swoopy lines, a futuristic interior, and an overestimated fuel efficiency sticker hanging in the window. Owners started complaining and the EPA caught on. The Korean automaker ended up reimbursing thousands of owners and got slapped with a $100-million fine from the U.S. Government. Of course, Hyundai’s engineers want to avoid that at all costs, so the development of Eco trim in both the Elantra and Sonata were put into motion.

Unlike some “eco” trims on competing cars that merely bolt up low rolling resistance tires and a couple aerodynamic features, Hyundai dove head first with an entirely new powertrain. Replacing the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed auto in the standard Elantra, the Eco gets a unique 1.4-liter turbo mated to a seven-speed dual clutch programmed for the utmost efficiency. It also has low rolling resistance tires, too.

I recently got to spend a week with the 2017 Elantra Eco, using it in everyday driving situations between date night and pre-K pick-up lines. Happily my time in the car closely followed a previous week I spent with a non-Eco version, the 2017 Elantra Limited. The two cars are, of course, very similar, though the differences are hard to miss. Let’s take a look.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited – Driven

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited – Driven

Value leads the way

It goes without saying that Hyundai has come light years in terms of quality and desirability over the last two decades. The last generation Elantra was a great car – far above anything the company had ever built in the compact segment. It was the last Elantra that won the automaker more respect as a company. It also garnered far more sales than ever before. But now there’s a new Elantra in town.

The 2017 Elantra, now in its sixth generation, takes everything we liked about the fifth gen and boosts it to 11. The new design is cleaner and more elegant, the interior is more conventional and mirrors the inviting cabin of the larger Hyundai Sonata, and its two powertrain choices are all new with respectable fuel economy.

One thing hasn’t changed though, and that’s the Elantra’s value proposition. It’s a lot of car for the money, coming with features normally reserved for higher end vehicles. Radar cruise control? Yep, it’s available. LED exterior lighting? Yep, that comes standard. Leather seating? You guessed it – it comes standard with the Limited trim. My up-optioned tester carried a sticker of $27,710. That’s impressive.

So how does this rolling value behave as an everyday driver? Pretty good, not surprisingly. Keep reading for the full run-down and details on my week with the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

Hyundai is adding a new range-topping trim level to the Elantra lineup

Hyundai has done pretty well for itself in the entry-level compact segment and as a company as a whole. In fact, Hyundai has come a long way from when the South Korean company first came to U.S. shores. Take the Hyundai Elantra (or the Hyundai Avante as it’s known in its home country,) for instance. The first generation was about as ugly as it gets, and the following generation wasn’t much better. Fast forward to 2016 and the Elantra has been redesigned again to usher in the fifth generation. If you were to look at each generational model side-by-side, you would see that it got better with each generation, and the fifth generation has been the sportiest and best-looking Elantra yet.

Now, the Elantra is about to get a little better, as Hyundai is slated to launch a new trim level called the Elantra Sport (or Avante Sport in South Korea.) The Elantra Sport is said to offer the best performance ever for the Elantra from a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Furthermore, it offers a sportier look up front, and some extra goodies to differentiate it as the range-topping model in the Elantra lineup.

Hyundai’s blog, which is translated from Korean, claims that the Avante Sport is already available in the South Korean market. That means the U.S.-spec Elantra Sport should hit U.S. dealerships by the end of this year and, as the range-topping model, will start out higher than the $22,350 starting price of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited. So, now that we know all of that, let’s take a closer look at the new Elantra Sport and see what makes it worthy of being the range-topping Elantra model.

Updated 07/12/2016: Hyundai officially announced the U.S.-Spec version of the Elantra Sport and, as expected, it is nearly identical to its South Korean counterpart. It will hit showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year with more details to be released closer to launch.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Elantra Sport.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra is sporty, efficient, and priced just right.

Hyundai has introduced the sixth-generation Elantra for the 2017 model year, bringing with it an all-new exterior design, and a driver-oriented cabin that is more in-line with the Sonata. On the outside, the car got a new hexagonal grille that takes up a majority of the front fascia. On the front corners, there are recesses in the bumper that house LED fog lamps. These recesses look similar to the fog lamp units on the previous generation. Overall, the exterior is more refined than before with less of that “fluidic” design. Even the taillights are less aggressive that the last-gen model. Inside, the instrument cluster gets a 4.2-inch color display between the two primary gauges, and upper trim levels come standard with leather upholstery. A seven-inch touch screen display is standard equipment, but an eight-inch screen is available on some models. Under the hood, Hyundai gave the Elantra two new engines – a 2.0-liter with 147 horsepower and a 1.4-liter with 128 horsepower.

The Elantra may seem like it is a little underpowered in a world where smaller vehicles often come with closer to 200 horsepower, but what it is lacking it power is made up with comfort, and economy. Competing against models like the Honda Civic and Chevy Cruze, economy and comfort are huge selling points, so the lack of power isn’t all the big of a deal anyway. So, how does the new Elantra compete with the competition otherwise? Well, check out our detailed review below to find out for yourself.

Updated 05/06/2016: Hyundai has just announced pricing for the most fuel-efficient Elantra yet — the Elantra Eco. It achieves a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg and starts out at $20,650. Check out the "Prices" section below for all the details.

Continue reading for my full review of the new Elantra.

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2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

The Elantra has been a huge part of Hyundai’s evolution from a throwaway company in the early 1990s to a legit contender in the mid-2010s. As we enter the 2016 model year, the Elantra has earned its stripes and is now cross-shopped against the likes of the Focus, Golf, and Mazda3. For the 2016 model year, Hyundai decided to give the Elantra GT – the hatchback version – a mild refresh.

Hyundai revamped the nose of the Elantra GT, and added some technical gadgets and gizmos in an attempt to keep buyers flocking to Hyundai dealers instead of Nissan, Volkswagen, or Ford.

Are these updated looks and new options enough to keep the Elantra in the top-four in sales for 2015?

Click past the jump to read my full review and find out.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

With a six-speed manual transmission, five doors and a starting MSRP under $19k, there is a lot to love about the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT. If there is anything the Korean manufacturer has perfected over the years, it’s providing lots of car for not a lot of money. The Elantra GT follows in the same vein by offering items like alloy wheels, heated mirrors and fog lamps fitted as standard.

To make things even better for 2014, the Elantra GT has a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection and a better torque curve than before. Horsepower has also been increased. We all know that more power and more toque is always more better. The result is an Elantra that boasts more horsepower than the Impreza, Focus, Mazda3 and the Golf.

As an extra bonus to the increased power output, Hyundai is promising that a new “sport-tuned” suspension setup should make the most out that extra go.

Read on to find out what other tricks the Hyundai Elantra GT maybe hiding up its sleeve.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Hyundai decided to expand its Elantra lineup back in 2012 with a new coupe version. It featured a more aggressive design language than the sedan, a sportier interior, but just like the sedan it came with just one engine option.

The 2014 Elantra Coupe continues pretty much unchanged on the outside, but Hyundai made significant changes under the hood, where the model offers a new 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection engine with 25 more horsepower and 23 pound-feet of torque more than the 1.8-liter engine it replaces.

Other revisions include updated, sport-tuned steering and suspension systems, a new wheels and a rear spoiler for a sportier look. For the interior, Hyundai adds in a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, plus a new Technology Package hits the option sheet to add in some extra features.

For the 2014 model year, the Elantra Coupe is priced from $19,600.

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2014 - 2015 Hyundai Elantra

2014 - 2015 Hyundai Elantra

After being officially unveiled in 2011, the fifth-generation Hyundai Elantra continues into 2014 with some improvements that include a series of new exterior and interior features and a more powerful engine. The old GLS version is now known as the SE trim and there is also a more powerful Sport trim, giving the sedan a little extra pop.

Next to being more powerful, the new Sport version will also add a sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations, plus a series of exterior updates that will distinguish it from the rest of the lineup, like chrome insertions, a rear spoiler and an exposed single exhaust tip.

The new Sport version gets a new 2.0-liter engine, that delivers an extra 25 horsepower and 23 pound-feet of torque when compared to the 1.8-liter Nu engine used last year in the Elantra.

Updated 07/03/2014: Hyundai today announced details on the 2015 Elantra which brings a series of new features and packaging updates. Hyundai is now offering a set of new exterior colors and two new packages: Style Package and Tech Package.

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Introduced two years ago, the current Elantra sedan is now part of a three-strong lineup that also includes the Hyundai Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT hatchback in U.S. showrooms. The core package is shared by all three, but the latest Elantra sedan benefits from the newest interior tech from each of the spin-offs.

Despite little new styling flair, the Elantra sedan remains one of the finest small cars on the road and its new features keep it top-of-class versus the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla that inhale most of the compact-sedan sales.

Hyundai’s great progress since 2007 hit a serious snag with the admission that the company’s internal EPA figures used the wrong testing procedure. Automakers often do the testing themselves using a very specific protocol that ensures parity across makes and models. Believed to be a good-faith mistake, the EPA dispatched multiple teams to the Seoul-based headquarters of Hyundai-Kia to show them how to run the tests properly.

Existing Hyundai and Kia owners were compensated with checks to cover the difference between advertised economy and the new results, typically a few hundred dollars. Not a big ding in reputation, but all advertising had to be pulled and re-done so there’s been a bit of radio silence in 2013.

The lineup for 2013 is frankly better than ever, especially this perky little Elantra sedan.

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2012 Hyundai Elantra GT Concept by Bisimoto Engineering

2012 Hyundai Elantra GT Concept by Bisimoto Engineering

Hyundai is continuing to unveil their line-up for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show with the addition of an unbelievable Elantra GT developed in cooperation with Bisimoto Engineering. We say unbelievable because the tuning company has managed to scoff at the standard model’s modest 148 HP and juice up the engine to produce a mind-boggling 602 HP.

How did they achieve this amazing output? Bisimoto Engineering got to work adding Arias pistons, Bisimoto con-rods, a Turbonetics turbocharger, AEM water-methanol injection, and Bisimoto high-pressure injectors. As a result, the 1.8-liter “Nu” engine now delivers 602 galloping ponies for this little hatchback. In order to handle the extra power, the Elantra GT was also equipped with a new set of 18" wheels combined with a progress coilover suspension and sway bar.

Even though the engine upgrade is enough for any Elantra GT owner to drop significant cash on this investment, Bisimoto also added some exterior modifications to sweeten the pot. These mods include an ARK custom body kit and a Gatorwrap custom laminated body wrap. For the interior, the tuner added a JFN full roll cage, Bisimoto racing seats, and harnesses, all very much needed with the monstrous engine upgrade.

UPDATE 10/30/2012: The new Hyundai Elantra GT Concept by Bisimoto Engineering just made its official debut at the SEMA Show, so we have added a new set of images, a new video, and new details on this astonishing concept car.

Hit the jump for more details on the Hyundai Elantra GT Concept by Bisimoto Engineering.

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