It’s rare to see a concept car receive as much attention and nearly universal acclaim as Hyundai’s new N Vision 74 EV. The Ioniq 6-based RN22e also enjoyed considerable acclaim, giving the South Korean automaker a double win. The only negative thing we see in the social world is the skepticism that these cars exist in real life. They did, and the video above from the Hyundai N team should clear all doubts.
Posted to YouTube shortly after the two concepts’ official debut on July 14, the short clip of the driving is just what fans have been craving. There is no narration, no backstory, and only minimal music to accompany the action. As a result, nearly four minutes of RN22e and N Vision 74 just having fun on the race track. Hyundai actually calls these cars rolling laband each has a specific mission to explore high-performance applications for future N-branded electric vehicles.
Granted, the official photos from Hyundai look a little too good in some ways. That might lead some to question whether the image is just a rendering of a planned concept that is still in development. In this case, the video looks pretty smooth in some areas too. But there are also plenty of moments where both concepts are clearly alive and well, and pack some serious strengths.
The N Vision 74 is the more powerful of the two. Technically a hybrid electric vehicle, combining a hydrogen fuel cell with a battery to power a pair of electric motors, one on each rear wheel. The result is a combined output of 671 horsepower (500 kilowatts), but with individual motors at the back, Hyundai will explore different aspects of torque vectoring in electric RWD applications. Hyundai also says the combination of a hydrogen fuel cell with a battery allows for cooler temperatures.
As for the RN22e, it may or may not see the Ioniq 6 N model. It is Hyundai’s first dedicated performance vehicle to use the E-GMP platform, featuring the same 577-hp (430-kW) AWD powertrain used on the Kia EV6 GT. From there, the RM22e’s mission was to explore aerodynamic configurations as well as torque vectoring for high-performance AWD EVs.
The Ioniq 6 N is guaranteed at this point, though it may not look exactly like the RN22e. Unfortunately, Hyundai has given no indication that the N Vision 74 will reach production. However, based on big praise this concept produces, who’s to say what might happen in the future. Speak loud enough, and just maybe, Hyundai might listen.
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