Korean automaker just dropped the mic by premiering two high-performance concept models that are hopefully set to follow the 2023 launch of the IONIQ 5, which is not far away at all. Codenamed the RN22e and the N Vision 74, the pair of concept cars raises the bar, the RN22e uses Hyundai’s innovative Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) with IONIQ 6’s unique body design while the N Vision 74 is a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell hybrid that’s taken its cues from the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo as well as the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from 1974. We say they will hopefully follow the IONIQ 5 because right now they’re only really in existence to show off the company’s capabilities in these new and hard-fought motoring categories.
“In just seven years, Hyundai N has become the fastest evolving performance brand,” says Till Wartenberg, Vice President of N Brand Management & Motorsport Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “N is moving forward to set new standards in sustainable high performance. We enthusiastically start this new chapter of electrified high-performance and will pursue this goal by using our creativity, engineering expertise and competitive spirit.”
The RN22e tests N’s three performance pillars, starting with ‘corner rascal.’ N has been developing cornering capability with the e-LSD Corner Carving Differential used in most N models. Added to AWD, RN22e provides optimized torque distribution according to different drive modes that allows drivers to choose the torque power on the front and rear wheels. There are 4-piston monoblock calipers with 400 mm hybrid discs to reign in the battery weight, and regen-braking precisely controls yaw and corner attack. This car sees 430 kW of power available with 740 Nm of torque.
The N Vision 74 is a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell hybrid inspired by both technology and design and pays homage to the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from back in 1974 - yes, the brand was around then, which was developed by the legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. It never made it as far as production, but it set the tone for future endeavours. For the N Vision 74 engineers developed a hybrid structure of a battery-electric in combination with an FCEV system. Along with long-range and fast refueling capabilities, N Vision 74 guarantees driving fun with a sustainable power source via the application of cutting-edge technologies. The N Vision 74 sees in excess of 500 kW directed to the rear wheels, with torque closer to 1000 Nm, all with a 600 km range.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows these new and rather visually appealing Hyundai concepts models "driving" on track in anger. While the cars are impressive in their own right, this video is amazing and ten years ago if anyone said that this is what the Korean automaker would be producing, we'd call you a liar: Hyundai N | RN22e & N Vision 74 Driving Footage | Hyundai N Worldwide
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