Last week’s photo showed the rear of the new Elantra GT from Hyundai. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was regular reader David Anderson, of Canton, Ga., who told us:
“This completes the Elantra trifecta by adding a 5-door hatchback choice to the already available 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan.
“Don’t be fooled by that GT nomenclature, however. This iteration uses the same across-the-board 1.8-liter four-cylinder, pumping out 148 horsepower. Overall, this packaging does provide a sportier appearance that may appeal to the young male market segment; i.e., tuners.
“To be successful, I think that either Hyundai will have to come out with an equivalent of the MazdaSpeed3 with its 263-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder or through aftermarket parts, it would have to be practical to bring the Elantra GT up to those standards for less money than the MazdaSpeed3.
“I have seen some tricked-out older model Hyundai Tiburons (the predecessor to the Genesis Coupe) so I know that Hyundai has a sport following. The only question is, will the Elantra GT strike a big enough chord with that following for someone to actually create a GT that can live up to that moniker?”
Anderson wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
EVANS: Jerry Paul
FRANKLIN, N.C.: Dale Sanford wrote: “This model is a few inches shorter than the coupe and sedan Elantra and is a sporty hatchback model that has an interesting new feature. It has a button on the steering wheel where you can select the type of steering control that you want. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode lets you select either Comfort, Normal or Sport.
“We have owned two older Elantras, and they were the five-door models in 2006 and before, and loved the flexibility that they
offered versus the other models with a trunk.
“I’m not really sure what mileage these will deliver, considering the recent false advertising scandal that Kia and Hyundai are now going through.”
GROVETOWN: Eric delToro
MARTINEZ: Jeff J. Miller and Jim Muraski