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I own a bone stock 2012 VW GTI with a stick I bought brand new. I have test drove the manual transmission Elantra Sport twice now. I like the Elantra's handling and brakes better than my GTI, but my GTI has a MUCH better feeling engine. The torque from low RPM and the way my GTI pulls to redline is much better than the Elantra. It seems the Elantra has a narrower power band. I'm thinking Hyundai holds this engine back from having a better tune to make it run safe on 87 octane. I think there is more to it than my VW having an engine 400 cc's larger. I wish Hyundai would have included the fuel octane sensor to allow more power when the ECU senses higher octane fuel is being used, like Ford does. I don't like aftermarket ECU tunes.
Hyundai, if you are listening, add the fuel quality sensor Ford uses, retune the ECU to allow better output with better gas and charge a little more
on the 2019 model to compensate the engineering and added cost if needed.
 

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Yeah the power does fall off at like 5500-6k, however I think its great for getting around town quickly since a lot of the power is delivered down low. I HATED revving the **** out of my 2016s 1.8 just to get to where I needed to go.

But I do plan on an aftermarket tune myself, nothing insane, but just something to get rid of the bad factory tune.
 

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1) smaller engine
2) smaller turbo
3) less power outright from the factory
4) factory tune is crap (it also has power limiters)

The cars are making good power with bolt-ons + a tune. But it's a lot of power down low and it falls off a cliff up high, because that's just the nature of stock turbo. A good upgrade is to use the turbo from a Veloster. Not much higher output, but it has a much better power curve to redline.
 
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