Aurick Go / Carpix for Autoindustriya.com | October 27, 2016 09:32
Will we see a mid-engined hot hatch in production soon?
Having been revealed as a concept car earlier this year at the Busan Auto Show in South Korea, the RM16 N appeared to be an aggressive exercise considering the mid-ship orientation of its motor. As farfetched as it would seem to hit production, Hyundai may well be heading towards that direction as the RM16 N Concept has recently been seen making rounds around the Nürburgring’s Nordschliefe course.
Considering what we’re seeing now, the concept bears a striking similarity to Hyundai’s current hatch, the Veloster. That said, it’s possible that this may either replace the Veloster altogether or may serve as its N performance variant down the line. Given its outrageous orientation though, it may well be possible that Hyundai may create this in limited numbers only – not that the manufacturer has a penchant for limited-run models as of late.
The turbo four cylinder mounted in the middle reportedly produces 295PS with the help of an electric compressor and sends it to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. An electronic limited slip differential will likely help get the power down to the pavement.
So far there are no answers as to what Hyundai is up to with their midship hatch. We’ll just have to wait and see what they have lined up next.