When you think about Hyundai and its vehicle lineup, you think about fuel-efficiency, reliability, comfort, safety, connectivity and versatility. What you may not think about immediately is performance, track-readiness, and overall sportiness. That may change soon enough as Hyundai may be bringing more and more high-performance vehicles to the market in the next few years. Models, like the Hyundai RN30 Concept, for instance.
The Hyundai RN30 will remain a concept for the time being
Unfortunately, Hyundai won’t be bringing the RN30 Concept that has made headlines everywhere ever since it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show to production as is, but that doesn’t mean we should disregard Hyundai’s impressive concept. There’s no question that the Korean automaker wants to create sportier vehicles, and back in 2015 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Hyundai launched its “N” division, a brand that is similar to the Mercedes-AMG lineup or the M lineup from BMW.
Although we have yet to see a production-ready “N” model, we know that it’s coming and if the RN30 Concept is any indication, it will mean business. The RN30 is designed for the race track and features a built-in roll cage and very little amenities in order to save weight. There are, however, a set of cameras that record everything from the car on the track to the reactions of the driver.
The RN30’s concept stands out with its vertical doors and aggressive aerodynamic kit along with its unique paint and sharp body. That body was designed with BASF and is built using lightweight, high-endurance plastics that keep weight down while ensuring optimal rigidity.
Incredible power underneath the Hyundai RN30’s hood
Under the hood is where the Hyundai RN30 trully shines thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 375 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. If you know cars, then you know that this engine is actually quite realistic in its output, and it would turn any Hyundai vehicle into an instant WRX STi or Focus RS competitor.
So, can we hope to see the engine in a production Hyundai one day? Only time will tell. In the meantime, drop in to Aurora Hyundai and learn more about Hyundai’s extensive lineup of new vehicles and sport utility models.