Hyundai announces that its first N Performance electric car will be the Ioniq 5, but all we can think of is this amazing concept that it actually displayed.
When is a concept more than just a concept? When the company’s engineers can use the car despite the “what if” style. Test car performance and use it to develop fast production cars using new powertrains and ideas.
Hyundai looks back on styling history
That’s exactly what hyundai did with the N Vision 74, a retro delight that’s a test bed for future powertrains and the next generation of Hyundai’s N performance brand. And it looks like the 1980s Group B rally car that Hyundai never built.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 comes, like the ioniq 5, from the company’s past. The 1974 Turin Motor Show saw the debut of two concept cars from Hyundai – the Pony sedan and the Pony coupe, both designed by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The sedan went into production soon after, and the coupe disappeared.
But the coupe concept has not been forgotten.
“The forward-looking design of the N Vision 74 reflects the respect and appreciation we have for the dedication and passion that went into the Pony Coupe concept,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Center of Hyundai design.
Lee said the “bold attitude” of the original concept set a tone for Hyundai that continues today.
Can we get more retro 1970s styling?
The most recognizable design detail carried over from 1974 to Vision 74 is the B-pillar. The unique shape and the door panel it leads to are unmistakable from this original concept.
Hyundai also packed it with Ioniq design details, including Parametric Pixel lighting design for the front and rear lights. If the nose looks a bit DeLorean, it is actually the opposite. Giugiaro styled both cars, and they use the “folded paper” design language he used throughout the 1970s. But the Pony Coupe came first.
The N Vision 74 goes way beyond that original Pony Concept with massive flares, solid wheels and a huge rear wing. It’s a look pulled straight from the height of 1980s rally cars, and we’re here for it.
Big car, more performance
The looks actually help disguise the size of this car. At 195 inches long, it’s just an inch shorter than the three-row Hyundai Palisade and 7 inches longer than a Santa Fe. Even if you don’t count the spoiler, the Vision 74 is a big coupe.
As a rolling laboratory, the car was designed around a combination of hydrogen fuel cell powertrain and a large 62.4 kilowatt-hour battery. Intended for performance driving Matching the looks, Hyundai says the dual-power transmission helps improve cooling efficiency as well as performance.
Instead of using two motors to power the front and rear axles, this car puts both in the back to create an electric drift machine. This can use both motors for torque vectoring, improving handling and letting you drag it.
The fuel cell generates a maximum of 95 kilowatts of electricity to power the battery. The engines can use all of that and more, producing a peak output of 671 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.
Hyundai didn’t have acceleration numbers, but any car with that much power will be blazing fast. With 9.3 pounds of hydrogen on board and the battery, the car can go over 370 miles before needing a full tank. At full throttle, it can exceed 155 miles per hour.
First N Electrics developed from this car
Is the car likely to reach series production? Probably not, and Hyundai hasn’t really talked about it.
Instead, the car is more about developing actual production Hyundai performance models. This is to ensure that the high-performance N brand will be able to offer the same level of trail capability when the electric Ioniq 5 N debuts next year that the Veloster and Elantra N models offer today. today.
“These rolling lab projects are great assets in preparing the N electrification vision to become a reality,” said N Vice President of Brand To Wartenberg.