Hyundai Bringing Vision GT Concept and "N" Performance Sub-Brand To Frankfurt
Hyundai is gearing up to make a big impact at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the introduction of its new N high-performance sub-brand. Now that Hyundai has delivered on quality, it wants to be seen as a purveyor of performance cars as well, and like BMW M and Mercedes-AMG, it plans to so through its N sub-brand. To launch N, Hyundai is introducing its new 2016 i20 World Rally Championship car and the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept, which will appear exclusively in Gran Turismo 6. Hyundai is also bringing the mid-engine 2015 Hyundai Veloster RM15 concept from earlier this year.
The new i20 rally car will be one of the first WRC cars we’ll see that conforms to new rules for 2016. That means a much wider body, more aero, less weight and a 1.6-liter engine producing around 380 horsepower. Hyundai is eager to tie N to its motorsport activities, so expect an i20 N hot-hatch for the road in the near future.
The N Vision Gran Turismo has only been teased up to this point, but it appears to be track-day car, similar in concept to the 2016 BAC Mono, with a Le Mans prototype-style fin over the rear body work. Hyundai says it “highlights sustainable technology and race car design,” which means it will probably have a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain of some kind. Styling looks pretty promising from what we can see, and it will likely point the way forward for future N products. We’ll have a full review soon.
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Why it matters
The one thing conspicuously missing from all this a road car. We know Hyundai has been working on consumer N cars, but unless it still has a surprise awaiting us in Frankfurt, we won’t be seeing any right away. In addition to the i20 N, we’re also expecting to see an i30 N, possibly called the Elantra N in North America. Racy-looking i30 prototypes spotted ripping around the Nürburgring would seem to substantiate this.
Another obvious candidate to the get the N treatment is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. If that happens, expect the (possibly turbocharged) V-6 to send around 400 horsepower to the rear wheels, and aggressive visual updates to match the performance. A more powerful Veloster N with around 230 horsepower seems like a good bet, too.
So, why the letter N? N stands for Namyang, a district south of Seoul, Korea that’s also home to Hyundai’s research and development center. The letter also has strong associations with the Nürburgring, where Hyundai has a test center.
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