Hyundai's sports division, soberly named N, was created in 2015 by the arrival of Albert Biermann. Albert Biermann was director of BMW's M division and therefore has a strong background in the field. Previously, Hyundai sports cars were not very well known or even highly recommended. The Veloster N has changed all that and now allows Hyundai to compete with the well-established Volkswagen Golf GTI.
And the Korean brand sees even more for the future. In an interview with Evo, Biermann said that Hyundai N could create a new mid-engine sports car to finally compete with Porsche. So future Hyundai Ns will probably be even more radical than they are today.
This car would of course have a more simplistic engine construction than the German competitor's flat engines. On the other hand, the driving sensations will be very similar for a lower price. Hyundai N will be able to rely on the RM19 racing prototype, which is equipped with a 2.0-litre engine developing 390 hp. This good basis could be reused in series production.
This engine allowed the RM19 to do 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds and reach 155 mph. Given the performance, this prototype could well prefigure Hyundai's future response to the Porsche 718 Cayman. Demand for the Hyundai N exceeds all expectations. In Germany, for example, the N version of the compact car i30 represents... 34% of sales!
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