The giant Hyundai unveiled two very exciting prototypes in July. The RN22e sedan, based on the new Ioniq 6 electric sedan, demonstrates that it is possible to develop a very dynamic product from a consumer car.
The other car shown earlier this summer, the N Vision 74 coupe is above all a tribute to the brand’s first sports car, the Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept, a car that never entered production. But, there’s more under this stunning shell inspired by the past. Indeed, the manufacturer has installed a fuel cell powertrain, which allows it to drive an estimated distance of more than 600 km before having to refuel with hydrogen. In addition, the engine output reaches 500 kW (or more than 670 horsepower) and the torque, 900 Nm (or 664 lb-ft), statistics worthy of a supercar.
However, beyond the wow factor, these two creations are completely functional and will even contribute to the development of future products of the N sports division, ultimately “rolling laboratories”.
Moreover, the first vehicle to benefit from the research surrounding these two concepts will be the Ioniq 5 N crossover, the manufacturer which has already begun its test phase with mock-up prototypes at the Nürburgring circuit in particular.
The manufacturer claims that the E-GMP platform (for Electric-Global Modular Platform) can be modified to offer « track car » performance. It should be mentioned that the RN22e sedan is slightly longer than the production Ioniq 6 sedan in addition to being decidedly wider and lower than the model expected later in 2023 on our roads.
We also learn in a text published on the Automotive News site that the RN22e concept would be the Hyundai equivalent of the new Kia EV6 GT, the other Korean division which launched the electric crossover earlier this year in certain markets. outside of North America. The performance utility vehicle is capable of 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
One thing is clear, Hyundai will take advantage of these two prototypes to push the limits of its future N vehicles, which will probably have electric motors or even fuel cells.
We will also be able to see the fruit of these developments when the Ioniq 5 N will be officially presented later this year.