In 1974, Hyundai showed a concept for a Pony Coupe designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at the height of his powers. That concept never came to be, although much of the original design would later be recycled by Giugiaro in the DeLorean DMC-12. While the Pony would go on to become Hyundai's core hatchback, the coupe was forgotten. That is, until today.
This is the Hyundai N Vision 74, Hyundai's latest rolling lab car for their N brand. Like the RM20e before it, the N Vision 74 is a concept meant to test the viability of sustainable future performance technologies for the N brand. However, while the other "Rolling Midships" the N imprint has used chose to work with existing Hyundai designs, the N Vision 74 is instead built around this revived and modernized take on the Pony Coupe. Combined with aggressive aerodynamic elements, the N Vision 74 looks like the future, the past, and science fiction all at once.
The N Vision 74 is built around both hydrogen fuel cell and more traditional battery EV technology, a different kind of hybrid. Hyundai says this improves both cooling efficiency and the precision of torque vectoring to the rear wheels. The car draws from either power source depending on the driving conditions, although the history of the Hyundai N brand suggests that the car is optimized for the performance driving experience first and foremost.
Hyundai claims the N Vision 74 has a maximum of 670 hp, more than enough to get the rear wheels spinning. The hydrogen component is said to refuel in five minutes, while the battery electric elements are compatible with 800 V fast charging. Together, they add up to a range of over 372 miles.
Hyundai's commitment to sustainable performance will begin with the first electric N model, the Ioniq 5 N, in 2023. Hopefully, something that looks like the N Vision 74 will eventually follow.
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