When it comes to high-performance machines, Hyundai doesn’t offer much. The Veloster N is an exceptional hot tailgate, and last November, the automaker amazed us with a prototype version with central engine called RM19. The word is that some sort of mid-engine Hyundai is intended for production, but will it have a Veloster shape?
The people of Korean Cars Blog have an interesting vision of this question, and it is animated by the rendering presented above. As you can clearly see, the answer is resolutely no – this creative concept takes the form of a more traditional sports car with a narrow vision of the Hyundai grille. The front clip is obviously inspired by the recently updated Santa Fe SUV, but from there, we are entitled to an elegant machine with scan lines very similar to the Hyundai Prophecy concept which appeared in the spring. It’s certainly not a bad look.
Can we expect something like this from Hyundai? The manufacturer has not communicated information since the coronavirus pandemic. A mid-engine machine was confirmed late last year, and of course Hyundai showcased its Veloster bodied RM19 for the world to drool over. Korean Cars Blog reports that despite this, the production model will not be linked to Veloster at all. Essentially, this makes the prototype a sort of test mule for a new mid-engine architecture.
When it comes to horsepower, it’s highly likely that the sports car will have a hybrid powertrain. The petrol engine will obviously be behind the driver. But an agreement with Rimac should mean that the niche hypercar company will offer electrification in a certain way, possibly driving the front wheels while the internal combustion power will turn the rear.
In any case, as long as the coronavirus doesn’t kill the program, we’re probably in a few years before we see anything. if the Hyundai design team has something in store that even remotely looks like this beautiful rendering, it might well be worth the wait.