The giant Hyundai unveiled two very exciting prototypes in July. The RN22e sedan, based on the new Ioniq 6 electric sedan, shows that it is possible to develop a very dynamic product from a mainstream car.
The other car shown earlier this summer, the N Vision 74 coupe, is mostly a tribute to the brand’s first sports car, the Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept, a car that never went into production. But there’s more underneath this beautiful shell inspired by the past. Indeed, the manufacturer has implemented a fuel cell powertrain, which allows it to run for an estimated distance of more than 600 km before having to refuel with hydrogen. What’s more, the engine’s power output reaches 500 kW (or more than 670 horsepower) and the torque, 900 Nm (or 664 lb-ft), statistics worthy of a supercar.
But 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, “laboratories on wheels” after all.
In fact, the first vehicle to benefit from the research surrounding these two concepts will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N crossover, which has already begun its test phase with mocked-up prototypes at the Nürburgring racetrack in particular.
The manufacturer claims that the E-GMP (for Electric-Global Modular Platform) can be modified to offer “track car” performance. It’s worth mentioning that the RN22e sedan is slightly longer than the production Ioniq 6 sedan and is decidedly wider and lower than the model expected to hit our roads later in 2023.
Automotive News also reports that the RN22e concept is the Hyundai equivalent of the new Kia EV6 GT, the other Korean division that launched the electric crossover earlier this year in select markets outside North America. The performance utility vehicle is capable of 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
One thing is clear, Hyundai will use these two prototypes to push the limits of its future N-vehicles, which will likely be electrically powered or even fuel cell powered.
We’ll be able to see the results of these developments when the Ioniq 5 N is officially presented later this year.