Hyundai MR23T test mule spotted, a mid-engine rear-wheel drive hatch?!

Adrian Chia · Apr 2, 2020 05:46 PM

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There’s a mysterious Hyundai MR23T spotted being ferried around in South Korea and reports claim that this is the test mule for Hyundai’s next mid-engine rear-wheel drive mega hatchback!

These pictures were uploaded to Korean car website, Bobaedream. From the pictures, we can see a Hyundai Veloster that’s been heavily souped-up with flared wheel arches and aggressive bumpers.

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What’s interesting is the ‘MR23T’ text plastered on the side and rear of the car. ‘MR’ is often understood as the short for mid-engine rear-wheel drive – the Toyota MR2 is an example. ‘23T’ according to reports, is said to refer to the 2.3-litre turbo engine that’s powering this unnamed car.

Now, a mid-engine rear-wheel drive Hyundai may sound bonkers to many. But this is not Hyundai’s maiden voyage in a configuration like this.

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In 2019, Hyundai N unveiled the RM19 sports car which stands for ‘Racing Midship’. It packed a 2.0-litre turbo with 390 PS and can sprint from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in under 4 seconds.

The RM19 prototype, according to Hyundai, “is a versatile engineering testbed allowing effective evaluation of various powertrains and performance levels, all on normal roads and environments”. This platform also has the potential for electrified powertrains.

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Hence this MR23T could be a watered-down, road-going version of that mad prototype. However, because this is merely a test mule, it’s likely that the final production car would take on an entirely different body – possibly a proper sports coupe like the Porsche Cayman.

This could finally be a Hyundai that Han would approve of.

The guy in Fast & Furious, not our colleague Hans.

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Adrian Chia

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Psychology graduate with over 4 years in the automotive industry, 3 in front of the camera. Occasionally seen at his family owned tyre shop. Will only buy cars that passes the big bottle test.

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