Hyundai presents two new concepts on the occasion of its “N Days” this July 15. The N Vision 74 is a modernized and muscular Pony, while the RN22e evokes the future Ioniq 6 N.
On the occasion of its “N Day”, a day dedicated to the brand’s performance subsidiary, Hyundai is unveiling two new concepts: the N Vision 74 and the RN22e. Under these somewhat barbaric names are hidden evocations of old and future models…
N Vision 74: a modern hydrogen-powered Pony
The N Vision 74 study takes up the silhouette of the 1974 Pony Coupé concept. Here, it is not a restomod but a new model, with larger dimensions: 4.95 m long for the 2022 study, against 4 .08 m for the 1974 concept designed by Giugiaro for Italdesign. At the time, several prototypes had been built following the concept, but the Pony Coupe project was abandoned when the Pony compact sedan was marketed in 1975.
This study of modern Pony Coupe is much more muscular. Widened fenders and oversized air intakes, pixel optics evoking those of the 1974 concept and taking up the typical yellow color of the bulbs at the front, massive spoiler and diffuser at the rear… The N Vision 74 is upping its game on the outside, but also under its hood. It has an electric motor that develops more than 680 hp and 900 Nm of torque. It is powered by a conventional 62.4 kWh battery, with a voltage of 800V as on an Ioniq 5 for example. However, there is also an 85 kW fuel cell (and up to 95 kW peak) as well as a 4.2 kg hydrogen tank. This improves performance and range, since Hyundai announces a top speed of over 250 km/h and a range of over 600 km. For the moment, Hyundai does not mention this concept immediately.
RN22e: last step before the Ioniq 6 N?
Just revealed, Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 is divisive. Its very streamlined sedan profile appeals to some, who even find it looks like a Porsche 911 Turbo at the rear with its imposing spoiler. Will they also appreciate this potential sports variant N, even more daring? Admittedly, Hyundai does not call it N yet but it is just like. The manufacturer speaks of a “future electric model N” without naming it. But the RN22e study very close to the Ioniq 6 series foreshadows what will be the “edgy” version of the sedan. It is distinguished by its more aggressive bumpers and sills and its massive rear spoiler, as well as its specific N decor with a sky blue hue embellished with red inserts like the i20 N and i30 N.
This RN22e prototype develops 430 kW thanks to two electric motors, i.e. approximately 585 hp. It is therefore the same architecture as the cousin Kia EV6 GT, as we mentioned a few days ago. The maximum torque is 740 Nm, while the top speed exceeds 250 km/h. The 77.4 kWh battery is identical to that of the production model, and therefore allows fast charging under 800 V voltage. Thanks to this, the cell pack can go from 10 to 80% in less than 18 min. On the performance side, Hyundai announces that it has done its best to reduce the substantial weight of the electric sedan, in particular thanks to 3D printed parts. The car is equipped with all-wheel drive with torque distribution, and four-piston 400 mm calipers, in addition to the regenerative braking system.
The Ioniq 5 N presented in 2023
This RN22e study foreshadows what the Ioniq 6 N will be. For the moment, Hyundai does not give a presentation or marketing date for this model. On the other hand, for the sports derivative of the Ioniq 5 electric SUV, the Ioniq 5 N, the manufacturer is already giving us an appointment in 2023.
Photos : Hyundai.
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