The Veloster N is one of the most potent vehicles you can buy from Hyundai's current model lineup. If that's not powerful enough, there are other models in the automaker's N lineup to choose from such as the newly updated i30 N and the upcoming Elantra N.
In the future, however, we might just see a mid-motor N model from Hyundai too, judging by this Hyundai RM20e prototype. And by motor, we mean electric motor.
Introduced at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the RM20e is Hyundai's latest version of a “Racing Midship Sports Car”, hence the RM name. If the vehicle looks familiar, that's because it is heavily based on the Hyundai Veloster N eTCR challenger for the eTCR electric touring car series. Exterior changes from the eTCR car include a new diffuser and a revised front end. Meanwhile, the powerplant is nearly the same too featuring a midship-based motor placement and rear-wheel-drive layout.
According to Hyundai, the electric motor found in the RM20e is capable of producing 810 horsepower and 960 Nm torque. This allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and 200 km/h in 9.88 seconds.
Thanks to the aggressive aerodynamics, Hyundai says the electric prototype can offer racecar-like performance balance, braking, and grip. Since it is an EV, it retains the quietness, responsiveness, and road-going capability of a daily-driver.
“The RM20e sports car prototype clearly signals future electrified brand aspirations for Hyundai’s performance N brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance. Moving forward, Hyundai N not only increases drivers’ heartbeats per minute via powerful internal combustion engines, but also through the instantaneous torque and environmental sustainability of reliable electrified powertrains. RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group.
As much as we want to see a road-going RM20e in the future, the possibility of that happening is very low. Instead, all of the technology and development from this prototype will find its way into upcoming Hyundai N models. This is also a sign that the next-generation Hyundai performance vehicles could be electric too. But if they have around 810 horsepower, we won't complain.