Hyundai shows off an edgy hybrid sports car with 670 horsepower and a polarizing retro design
The performance division of the South Korean automaker Hyundai, which is also known by the letter "N", held a major press event this Friday. As planned, the company detailed several new electric cars, including the sportier variant of the sleek Hyundai Ioniq 6, which officially goes by the fairly awkward name "RN22e". More exciting, however, is the unexpected reveal of a rather polarizing hybrid concept car called the "Hyundai N Vision 74".
The Hyundai N Vision 74 is a rear-wheel-drive hybrid with an electric powertrain that is supposed to deliver more than 670 horsepower and over 680 lb-ft of torque. The sports car has a regular battery with a capacity of 62.4 kWh, but this powerful 800-volt system also has a fuel cell at its disposal, whose 4.2 kilograms of hydrogen can be refueled within 5 minutes. There’s no word on how fast this hybrid accelerates, but the Hyundai N Vision 74 is supposedly able to reach a top speed of more than 155 mph, while its range is said to exceed 373 miles.
In addition to these eye-popping performance specs, the angular retro design of the almost 16.5-feet-long hybrid sports car is particularly striking, as it is rather reminiscent of an older American muscle or pony car. More precisely, the Hyundai N Vision 74 pays an homage to the Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept developed in 1974, which basically laid the foundation for the South Korean brand's very first sports cars. It is not yet known if and when the sporty Hyundai N Vision 74 hybrid and its hydrogen fuel cell will hit real roads or race tracks.