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Lengthy-Rumored Hyundai Mid-Engined Sports activities Automobile Is Formally Useless


Hyundai RM19 Concept

Hyundai RM19 Idea
Picture: Hyundai

For years, we’d heard rumors of a mid-engine sports activities automobile from Hyundai, supposed to fly the flag for the model’s N efficiency division. And Hyundai, to its credit score, made no efforts to misdirect us. There was the RM19 idea — a Veloster with a mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pulled straight out of a WTCR touring automobile. The corporate itself described the prototype, seen above, as “a improvement platform for future N model merchandise, together with a possible brand-halo automobile.” One thing large was occurring. It isn’t anymore.

Certainly, Albert Biermann — the BMW M man, who later turned the Hyundai N man and retired final 12 months however nonetheless serves as a guide for the Korean automaker — just about simply revealed to Prime Gear all the things that this holy grail was imagined to be. He described it as a “supercar.”

[Biermann] explains that the Hyundai supercar would have been based mostly round a carbon fibre tub chassis, with a mid-engined structure. “We had plans for a petroleum [engine] with or with out hybrid, or [it could’ve have accepted] a hydrogen gasoline cell.”

It by no means received an actual title, identified throughout the firm as solely “The Chairman’s Automobile.” The value tag would have landed within the $150,000 vary, prompting Prime Gear to make comparisons to the Acura NSX. Biermann’s reply? “Positive, however not boring.” Rattling.

Worth and positioning, it could appear, are what doomed the forbidden flagship:

It was the Hyundai board that decreed ‘The Chairman’s Automobile’ would stay on the drafting board. “The issue was the automobile would have value over $150,000, and at the moment it was thought a Hyundai couldn’t have this value.” Biermann goes on to agree that this was in all probability the correct choice, because the i30N, and now the i20N and Kona N have introduced Hyundai to a brand new viewers of petrolhead prospects exactly as a result of they’re inexpensive.

The cancellation makes a little more sense now that we know how expensive this spectacle for the N brand would have been. Everything we’d heard painted the vehicle as more of a sports car — perhaps something in the Alfa 4C / Alpine A110 / Porsche 718 territory. In this latest interview, Biermann describes a machine that seems a little more serious than that.

Still, I can’t help but feel price is a flimsy excuse. Brand positioning does not matter anymore — not when Jeep is promoting a six-figure SUV supposed to woo Vary Rover patrons, and we’re firmly entrenched within the age of dumb markups. Moreover, if Hyundai was actually satisfied no person would take its supercar critically, they might’ve simply put a Genesis badge on the factor.

In the end the world didn’t want one other exorbitantly costly efficiency automobile, so personally I’m not going to lose sleep over this one. The prospect of an N flagship was compelling partially as a result of it appeared like it could be attainable.

That mentioned, the N model is in one thing of a holding sample nowadays. The Veloster N is useless, the Kona N is a good however bloated stand-in, and the Elantra N is fugly. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see what the division can squeeze out of the Ioniq 5 and 6, however these aren’t precisely across the nook. N had a whole lot of momentum out of the gate, however now I reckon the model might actually use a spark of life — no more vaporware, fairly although the N Imaginative and prescient 74 is.

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