Hyundai's Epic Electric Sports Car Future May Be Happening
Reports say Hyundai has a new sports car coming that will be compatible and push you to your limits.
Hyundai is building out its high-performance "N" sub-brand. The current lineup includes the Kona N crossover and the Elantra N sedan. Hyundai appears to have some more exciting and sporty N vehicles on tap — ones that will more than soften the blow of losing the Veloster N. And if the reports are correct, we may meet more than one of them in 2023.
Here's a rundown of what you need to know.
Hyundai didn't limit itself to pure performance EVs at last year's N Day. They showed off the N Vision 74, a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell hybrid. The N Vision 74 put out a combined 671 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque and could hit a top speed of 155 mph. And it had retro looks inspired by the Hyundai Pony.
According to a report from Korean outlet Money Today (first spotted by Car and Driver), Hyundai is planning a production version of the N Vision 74 called the Pony Coupe. The report says Hyundai will unveil it during a special Pony Day on May 27.
The report claims that Hyundai plans to "mass produce" the vehicle, which leads us to believe that the production version won't be powered by hydrogen. However, the E-GMP platform — as we've seen with the Kia EV6 GT —would still leave Hyundai ample room to produce a high-performance version.
We loved the standard Ioniq 5. So did just about everyone else; it swept multiple World Car of the Year awards. The one thing it lacks is truly sporty handling. Hyundai plans to resolve that with the Ioniq 5 N, which is confirmed for a 2023 release and is already getting official teaser videos.
We don't have the details on the Ioniq 5 N yet. But if it tracks with the Kia EV6 GT, it should be an absolute monster with around 577 horsepower, 546 lb-ft of torque and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds.
Hyundai also unveiled the RN22e concept last year. It likely foreshadows a sporty Ioniq 6 N based on the World Car of the Year-winning Ioniq 6 sedan.
The RN22e concept packs the same 577 hp and 546 lb-ft electric motor as the EV6 GT and has an estimated top speed of more than 155 mph. It also runs on the E-GMP platform so it can still charge from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes if you can find the right charger. And the sedan's swooping silhouette looks a bit more natural with the giant wing on the back.
Toyota has weighed in on whether it will offer a stick shift.