2017 Hyundai Elantra Debuts in Korea with More Powerful Engine and Better Design

Hyundai Elantra

While many expected the 2017 Hyundai Elantra to have its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show which kick starts on September 15, the Korean brand confirmed it in an announcement a week earlier, in its native country.

A new compact sedan, under the name Avante, will make a debut and Hyundai showcased what fans can expect from their new vehicle and we must say we are excited.

The sixth generation of the compact sedan offers a better design overall, with the company installing a new, hexagonal grille up front, accompanied by narrower headlights. Other notable design changes include the wide taillights, as well as rear windshield and raked C-pillars. The low hood profile is just the cherry on the icing. The result is a sportier, more aggressive look of the Elantra that looks very similar to the Genesis. The 2017 Elantra is 1 inch wider than the previous version and 0.8 inches longer, providing more space inside the vehicle.

Inside, the company has installed the new horizontally oriented dash which we previously saw in the new Hyundai Sonata. The center features a large display and several rows of control buttons below the display. New tech goodies making their way to the Elantra include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Hyundai will offer the 2017 Elantra with three different engines. The entry model is a 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with direct injection system producing 130hp. There will also be a 1.6-liter diesel engine. The top of the class will be a 2.0-liter engine with Atkinson-cycle system producing 147hp. The Elantra will be offered with three different transmission options, depending on what engine you choose. The basic is a six speed manual gearbox, but there is also a six-speed automatic gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available.

We mentioned that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra will come with a bevy of new tech goodies and most of them will focus on safety and security. Among the many electronic driver aids we see forward collision warning and automatic high-beams. With so many safety features, the 2017 Elantra will be among the more secure sedans, even at a bargain compact price.

The US version of the Elantra will debut during the Los Angeles motor show scheduled for late November, and we expect the car to hit dealerships in early 2016.

Audi S8 Plus – A Sporty Luxury Family Sedan With a Powerful 605hp Engine

It seems like Audi was not comfortable and happy with the 520hp of the standard Audi S8. The standard version was behind the likes of Mercedes and BMW, so Audi gave the family sedan a boost with the  version.

Previously, the Audi S8 produced 520hp, which was behind the 577hp of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG version and the 535hp of the BMW 76oLi. Now, the Audi S8 Plus tops both the sedans with a powerful 605hp engine.

The team of engineers and developers at Audi has been working tirelessly to give another speed boost to the sedan and now they’ve succeeded. The S8 Plus can produce a maximum speed of 189mph and can sprint from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds.

The speed boost shows that Audi was not content with their family sedan used just for transporting people from Location A to Location B. The new family sedan is luxurious, but also sporty.

One way that Audi was able to increase the speed of the vehicle is by changing the body. The body of the S8 Plus is completely made out of aluminum. The move decreases the weight of the luxury sedan to 231 kilograms, a lot lighter than the standard version.

The Audi S8 Plus is available with 8 speed tiptronic transmission with the standard Quattro all-wheel drive system available.

And it is not only the performance of the car that has been changed. The outlook has also been changed with Audi’s engineers making some cosmetic tweaks. Those tweaks include a rear spoiler lead, new black tailpipes on both the right and the left side and many interior changes as well. The interior is now available only in black leather with red stitching. Some of the subtle improvements in the interior include the stainless steel pedals, leather steering wheel, white points and much more.

Driving at such high speed can have some enormous repercussions in the safety department, but Audi was quick to point that the luxury sport sedan is more than safe for family rides. The all-wheel drive system was specially designed to fit the high speed, lessening the shakiness of sport vehicles. The responsive and adaptive air suspension also ensures that the car is stable even when stirred.