The sports car it is not dead with the arrival of electrification. At least for Hyundai. The brand has presented two prototypes that are added to the already well-known Hyundai Ioniq 6 and that advance the lines that the Korean firm proposes in the coming years.
The electric car will not be the end for its N line, the sportiest of its entire offer. In fact, the route plan also includes a future Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. And the new electric saloon will not be less. The newly introduced Hyundai RN22e Concept It is the clear representation of what a future Hyundai Ioniq 6 N will look like.
At the same time, the Korean firm has also looked to the past to find inspiration in its nearest future. With the name of Hyundai Vision N74, have presented a retrofuturistic prototype powered by hydrogen that recovers an old design of the brand. This is all we know about them.
Hyundai RN22e Concept, the most radical version of the Ioniq 6
Everything pointed to what would happen tonight, because during the presentation of the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 the door was already opened so that very soon we would know the sportier version and radical of the electric saloon.
At the moment, Hyundai has chosen not to give the letter N to its name, but everything indicates that it will do so soon. The prototype shown does use it in its image and the sports accessories with which it is dressed are traced to those that we have seen in the rest of the brand’s models (Hyundai i30 N or i20 N). Its peculiar blue tone returns and the combination with carbon fiber and small red tones.
Beyond aesthetics, the Hyundai RN22e Concept is committed to aerodynamics, as is already the case with the sedan that we will see on the streets. Its huge skirts, the wide diffuser and the striking rear spoiler make it grow by six centimeters in length and 14 centimeters in width, to leave it with measurements of 4.91 meters long, 2.02 meters wide and 1. 48 meters high. The battle remains at 2.95 meters.
Although the battery is the same, 77.4 kWh (the highest capacity), the Hyundai RN22e Concept has two motors. A 160 kW (214 hp) is installed on the front axle, while another 270 kW (362 hp) is installed on the rear. Together they are able to generate 430 kW (577 hp) and provide all-wheel drive. The maximum speed will be greater than 250 km/h.
In its fight to maintain the sensations of sports cars in its future electric models, Hyundai wants to go beyond the cold figures and will also mount an N Sound system, to generate a dynamic sound both inside and outside, and N e-Shift, an attempt to simulate gearboxes semi-automatic through vibration, also relying on the sound of the car.
To know the definitive version of this Hyundai RN22e Concept it seems that we will have to wait until 2024.
Hyundai N Vision 74
Along with the Hyundai RN22e Concept, the Koreans have also presented a new prototype, although it looks more to the future. Supporting, yes, in its history as a brand.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 is a reinterpretation of the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupé, using a more common aesthetic and taking advantage of the car’s body to house a high-performance fuel cell engine. The hydrogen continues to be present in the future of the brand.
The result is a spectacular retrofuturistic modelwhere smooth and simple forms prevail, to which that has added the large rear spoiler, aesthetics typical of the N line and some current details, such as the parametric pixels that perform the functions of optical groups and that can already be seen in the Ioniq 5.
Less precise details have been offered of its technical figures. It is announced that the two engines can generate more than 670 hp and that their torque is greater than 900 Nm. It has a 62.4 kWh battery with 800 Volt technology that allows such fast charges that in the Ioniq 6 they promise to go from 10 to 80% of the capacity in 18 minutes.
But the most interesting thing is that the model can also be recharged with hydrogen, thanks to its 4.2 kg tanks, which guarantees autonomy greater than 600 kilometers although it is a model of clearly sporting ambitions. Hyundai thus maintains hydrogen in its route plans, a technology that in 2028 should be enabled in all its cars on the market.
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