The Ioniq 5 N also makes a sneaky appearance.
Hyundai's N performance division never fails to impress, but what will happen once the entire world goes electric? The South Korean brand posted a new video on its YouTube page, telling fans not to worry. Hyundai N will continue to deliver N cars built upon the principles that resulted in sublime vehicles like the Elantra N.
It's worth noting that Hyundai is not going all in on EVs, even though they will play a significant role in the company's future. Like BMW, Hyundai believes there is room for multiple energy sources in the future, including ICE, hydrogen, and battery electric.
Hyundai's latest N video focuses on the hydrogen and EV side of the business, but you do see some insane ICE footage in between. The upcoming Ioniq 5 N also makes its first official appearance.
Earlier this year, Hyundai unveiled two performance car concepts. The RN22e is an all-electric 576-horsepower machine built on the bones of the Ioniq 6 and Hyundai's E-GMP platform.
It's also the one most people are skeptical about because it's fully electric. Many out there believe that it's impossible to build an all-around performance machine powered by batteries. But Hyundai is intent on proving these people wrong by sticking to three principles: "Corner Rascal, Racetrack Capability, and Everyday Sportscar."
In short, not just fast in a straight line. The RN22e was explicitly built to push the boundaries of EV performance. Hyundai is quite open about the fact that weight was the main downside, but they overcame it by using a faster electric torque vectoring system.
Another key ingredient is the N Sound working harmoniously with the N e-shift. You can see these systems in action on a rolling road, and the shifts seem to be just violent enough.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 is probably the best concept car of 2022. It's a hydrogen electric vehicle, which can trace its roots back to 2015 when Hyundai first unveiled a hydrogen hypercar.
Actually, it can trace its roots much further back than that. The design is inspired by Hyundai's 1974 Pony Coupe, the brand's first attempt at going sporty. As we know, the company ultimately went the practical route instead and built an empire before shifting focus to performance.
Because it's fueled by hydrogen, it's a long-distance performance machine. Will it ever reach production? Well, Hyundai clearly states at the video's beginning that it doesn't do concept cars. Each car has a purpose...
As a bonus, the Ioniq 5 N makes its first official debut at the end of the video. It's still wearing camouflage, but not nearly as much as we've seen before. We can only hope this means its debut is not far off, and we can see just how good electric N cars are.