Hyundai has used the Beijing Auto Show to introduce the RM20e prototype.
Designed to convey the “next generation of Hyundai N performance,” the prototype is an electric sports car that wears the body of a Veloster N.
Billed as a rolling engineering lab, the prototype is track-focused and features a carbon fiber front splitter as well as extended fenders that house 19- and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. It has also been outfitted with a ventilated rear fascia, a massive diffuser and a large wing.
Hyundai didn’t show much of the interior, but the model but features a digital instrument cluster and a steering wheel sourced from the Veloster N TCR, as well as Sabelt sport seats with six-point harnesses.
Power is provided by a midship-mounted electric motor that produces 799 hp (596 kW / 810 PS) and 708 lb-ft (960 Nm) of torque. It enables the prototype to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds and hit 124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.88 seconds. Given enough room, the rear-wheel drive RM20e will hit a top speed in excess of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Hyundai didn’t mention the EV’s range, but confirmed that it has a 60 kWh battery pack and 800V fast-charging capability. They also stated the prototype has “racecar-like levels of performance … while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability.”
In a statement, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice President Thomas Schemera said that “the RM20e sports car prototype clearly signals future electrified brand aspirations for Hyundai’s performance N brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance”, adding that the “RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants.”