Dave Dutko, Hyundai on the Elantra GT
Dave Dutko is Hyundai’s ride and handling engineer. So much time is given to design and horsepower, but the one difference you can’t get by seeing the car, or looking at the specs is how the car rides and feels to you.
Dutko took the time to talk to www.drivingthenation.com about the ride and handling of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and coupe. What were some of the changes made to the GT and coupe over the current four-door sedan?
Below is an explanation from Hyundai’s press release:
Hyundai ELANTRA GT ARCHITECTURE
The Hyundai Elantra GT is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is comprised of a lightweight V-beam with an integrated 22 mm stabilizer bar for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers. A 22 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness, and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics that are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT’s Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.
Rear: Torsion axle suspension with coil springs and gas-filled hydraulic monotube shock absorbers