The future is boring? Hyundai disagrees, hints at EV, hydrogen fuel-cell N performance cars

Sanjay · Apr 28, 2021 04:00 PM

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Like it or not, the electric revolution has already begun, causing enthusiasts to bemoan the potential loss of noise and drama. "Not on my watch," says Hyundai as they hint performance, full-fat N variants of their burgeoning zero-emissions line-up.

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With 280 PS and 392 Nm on tap, the Kona N is already rather bonkers

Speaking on the sidelines at yesterday's 2021 Hyundai Kona N world debut, Executive Chief Marketing Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, Thomas Schemera, shared that 'sustainable driving fun' is next on the company's agenda.

Also read: 280 PS/392 Nm, 8-speed DCT - 2021 Hyundai Kona N debuts, Malaysia's forbidden fruit

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The RM20e comes with a 705V fast-charging battery

Schemera says that the technology used in their current electric racing car - notably the Hyundai RM20e prototype - serves as a solid basis for future N models.

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That's a good indicator, given that the RM20e produces 810 PS and 960 Nm from its single rear-mounted motor.

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The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, which participated in 2020's Electric Touring Car Racing championship

The video also hints at a variety of electrified powertrains for their future performance models, including hydrogen fuel cells, battery electric, or a "combination of both".

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The BEV-only modular platform can be adapted for a sedan/hatchback, SUV, and MPV.

That's not all - Schemera shares that company is also developing the "first fully electrified N model", sitting on the company's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

Also read: The Singapore-assembled Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be rear-wheel drive, and this is a sneak peak

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An N version of this is tasty proposition...

Right as he's about to say what model will that be, the video cuts off. Could it be an Ioniq 5 N, which sits on the same platform? Time will tell.

Also read: To be assembled in Singapore, RWD Hyundai Ioniq 5 makes world debut with solar roof

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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