But what will this mystery halo model be?
Hyundai has been dropping hints that its N performance brand would develop its own standalone sports car. In an interview with Auto Express, Hyundai’s Vice President of high-performance and motorsport, Thomas Schemera, confirmed that the N division’s standalone sports car will definitely happen. The new sports car will act as a halo model for N and sit above the Veloster N (or i30 N in Europe) in the lineup. This is fantastic news, but we still have no idea what this halo model will be.
Schemera said the introduction of the i30 N and Veloster N was the “completion of the first phase of N vehicles,” and now it's time to move onto phase two. When discussing the new halo model, Schemera explained that “the whole idea is to strengthen the Hyundai brand, to bring more emotion. I can tell you Albert Biermann, Hyundai engineering boss, and myself are interested in hot things and have some ideas in the pipeline for a halo model - rest assured we are coming up with something.”
This description is open for interpretation. Hyundai’s upcoming halo car could be anything from a rear-wheel-drive sedan up to a mid-engine sports car. A sport sedan like the Kia Stinger could be interesting, though we doubt Hyundai would want to cannibalize Stinger and Genesis G70 sales. We’d most like to see a replacement for the Genesis Coupe, with more modern engines and improved driving characteristics. It seems Hyundai’s sports car will be independent of the upcoming Genesis sports car, so we'll have to wait and see what Hyundai has in store.