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Peter Anderson | Oct 18, 2012

Hyundai has revealed new Accent SR and i30 SR concepts at this week's Australian International Motor Show, offering a hint at the brand's sporting aspirations.

The concepts shown here, as with the Veloster show-car twins also on display, are a toe-in-the water experiment to test the reaction of showgoers.

Along with various body enhancements, including the red and chrome SR logo, both cars have more power and torque to go with the more aggressive look.

Hyundai says the i30 SR's 2.0 litre GDi engine is good for 130kW (up 18 percent) and 213Nm (up twenty percent).

LED daytime running lights, sports front grille, rear diffuser and 17-inch alloys with machined faces distinguish the SR from the i30 Elite on which it is based.

The already well-appointed interior adds red cloth inserts to the leather upholstery.

The Accent SR's 1.6 litre GDi comes with 103kW (up thirteen percent) and 167Nm (up seven percent), bolted to a six-speed manual transmission.

On the outside, the smaller car adds projector beam and LED headlamps, bigger rear spoiler, and 16" alloys.

The inside picks up climate control, rear park assist, leather upholstery with red cloth inserts, 5-inch touch screen and entertainment system as well as Bluetooth.

The SR range offers Hyundai the opportunity to gauge customer interest in the expansion of our successful passenger car models into the sports space,” Hyundai Australia Marketing Director, Oliver Mann said.

“Our intent would be to deliver driver enjoyment over outright speed and to offer sporty drivability and everyday practicality in an affordable package.”

Hyundai fired an early performance salvo in August, with the local launch of its new 150kW Veloster SR Turbo sports hatch.

The i30 SR's 130kW output won't be enough to sway enthusiasts from the likes of the Golf GTI, Focus ST and Subaru WRX, but it could prove a welcome first step.

If Hyundai can keep the price in the low 30s, it could also prove appealing for 'regular' buyers seeking a little more 'go' without stepping over that $35,000 line.

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