On July 15, Hyundai will hold N Day where it will showcase the brand’s next-generation high-performance car. The vehicle teaser image at the bottom of the sheet suggests that a sleek coupe may be on its way.
Hyundai’s Facebook post teasing the N Day only provides one more hint about this upcoming model. A translation of the message says: “Would you like to have fun driving in the age of electric vehicles?” That might be a hint that this vehicle is an EV or the company could be referring to the blue vehicle in another image.
The teaser image shows a vehicle with a fairly long nose and a short rear deck. If this model turns out to be an EV that doesn’t need space to fit a big engine, the designers stick to the classic styling recipe for a performance car. Judging by the size of the passenger compartment, this is probably two doors. Wings that are almost as high as the roof are at the rear.
Hyundai’s current EV belongs to the Ioniq sub-brand. It’s possible this model will also wear that moniker. The Ioniq 7 is an upcoming electric crossover, so this product is probably the Ioniq 8.
Current Hyundai and Kia EV vehicles use the E-GMP platform, and this foundation can support performance vehicles. For example, the Kia EV6 GT has a pair of electric motors that produce a combined 576 horsepower (430 kilowatts) and 546 pound-feet (740 Newton-meters). This is enough to make the crossover reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in about 3.5 seconds.
Introducing a fully electric sports coupe would see Hyundai occupy a niche that currently doesn’t have much competition in it. There are vehicles like the Lotus Evija, but that’s more of a supercar, while this teaser seems to show a more traditional two-door.
Another teaser image that was part of this announcement is only blurred in Hyundai N’s trademark blue. Spy shots tell us that the Ioniq 5 N is in development, so maybe that’s what Hyundai is hinting at in this image.