Hyundai Elantra Coupe to debut in LA, 208-hp Elantra R-Spec being considered

2011 Hyundai Elantra

Word on the street is that Hyundai will debut a coupe version of the Elantra at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. The model is intended to be a direct competitor of the Honda Civic Coupe.

Power for the Hyundai Elantra Coupe will come straight from the sedan’s 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 148-hp and 131 lb-ft of torque.

Hyundai is also considering a Hyundai Elantra Coupe R-Spec for 2012. The R-Spec model will carry the same engine from the Hyundai Veloster Turbo – a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 208-hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 195 lb-ft of torque available from 1,600 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

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Refresher: Power for the 2011 Hyundai Elantra comes from a 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 148-hp (10 more horsepower than outgoing model) and 131 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra returns an EPA rated 28/40 mpg (city/highway). The 40 mpg highway rating is 5 more mpgs than the outgoing Elantra model. Prices start at $14,830 and top out at $21,980.

2011 Hyundai Elantra:

– By: Roman Bronfenbrener

Source: Inside Line