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Hyundai Continues Teasing Mid-Engine Veloster

RM15 could revive the nearly dead hatchback, so why not pull the trigger?

Chances are that the RM15 is the only Veloster you’d ever want to drive or own. RM stands for "Racing Midship," and if that name sounds familiar it’s because Hyundai showed a very similar concept off in Busan last May. The mid-engine hatchback is strikingly similar to what we saw last year, albeit with the ’15 featuring a drastically different livery. Both pack a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 296 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque. That clocks in at 4.7 seconds for a 0 to 60 sprint, but the Veloster isn't designed for straight-line speed.

The RM15 was designed to be light and nimble. To this end an aluminum spaceframe was paired with carbon-fiber body panels. All of this helped the RM15 drop about 200 pounds below the normal Veloster’s curb weight. It sits only 19 inches off of the ground and sports a front-to-rear-weight distribution of 43:57. Yes, the Veloster RM15 would be incredibly awesome if it came to market. Hyundai’s official press release featured some confusing double-talk regarding its future. The hatchback was described as "a true concept car, not being a one-time design concept car." If Hyundai hopes to save the Veloster it’ll need to do something drastic, as in this.

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