The 911's influence makes it to an unlikely EV sedan.
If you haven't noticed, Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis have been on a mission recently. The group unveiled game-changing 800V charging architecture for its EVs. The Hyundai N Vision 74 completely took over social media for days after its debut, and the brand's cars are fast gaining a reputation for reliability and affordability.
The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 looks to be on the same path. While different camps of the internet are divided on the EV's bubbly styling, areas of the aesthetics certainly came from somewhere, and Hyundai Motor's CEO hints that one car's timeless look may have influenced the Ioniq 6 design.
If you haven't figured it out by now, this car is the Porsche 911. Take a look at the YouTube video and photo above where the Ioniq 6-skinned 911 made an effortless 'II6' rendering. Elements of the Ioniq 6 can be nearly dead ringers for the 911. Hyundai CEO Jaehoon "Jay" Chang says so himself. During an interview with CarExpert, Chang stated "to build a car like the Porsche 911 not only takes decades but also requires an unshakable commitment to improving something most people already believe to be the perfect sports car."
"Sticking to one design and not changing stuff all the time is what makes that car so special. The 911 doesn't change. I'm not sure anyone can ever emulate something like the 911. It's almost a perfect form until the next one comes along," he continued.
Chang also compared Hyundai Motor's ambition to that of Porsche, saying that the brand has "no less ambition to build great cars." However, the second half of that sentence is more in line with Hyundais than Porsches, with Chang saying that he wants to build great cars, "which are also affordable to a much wider market." He uses the N subbrand, which just axed one of its most affordable performance cars, the Veloster N, as a measuring stick in this regard.
However, Chang is clear that the brand isn't gunning for Porsche or the 911. It wants something else. "I'm not saying we will ever build a car to rival the Porsche 911, but if you look at the two Rolling Lab concepts we have revealed this week, the RN22e and N Vision 74, you'll get an idea of where we are going in terms of sustainable high-performance cars."
That is certainly territory Porsche has only dipped its toe in. The Taycan is the brand's only electric model for the moment, while an electric Boxster/Cayman are not yet ready for production. For now, Hyundai stands apart from Porsche in that regard, even if the new Ioniq 6 can be tweaked in photo editing tools to easily look like a 911.