But the cars are still promised to be fun to drive.
Hyundai refuses to slow down in any sphere. The company has closed its deal with Boston Dynamics, continues to work on flying cars, and has just revealed the new Elantra N, a 276-horsepower sports sedan with style. This new sedan comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot offering 289 lb-ft of torque and a boost to 286 hp with a system called N Grin Shift. But while the car features an electronic limited-slip differential, that's not the limit of electrification for Hyundai N. According to a new report from South Korea, Hyundai is working on putting an N-badged car on its new E-GMP electric platform.
Albert Biermann, president of Hyundai Motor Group's R&D headquarters, spoke during the online premiere of the new Elantra N: "Hyundai Motor Group's electric vehicle platform E-GMP has tremendous potential. The first electrified N model will be based on E-GMP."
He went on to say that he is "looking forward to the day when many N brand fans will be shown the new cornering [capabilities of E-GMP]" and that "it will be very exciting to run the Nurburgring with an E-GMP EV that has undergone a specialized development process for N." He further said that he expects an electric N model to outperform some traditionally powered cars: "In certain corners, E-GMP may overwhelm high-performance cars with internal combustion engines."
Work has already begun on such a machine, as Biermann mentioned that he couldn't hide his excitement when he saw the sketches put together by Hyundai Design Center's executive director, Sang Yup Lee.
We don't know what form this new high-performance EV from Hyundai may take. As for sister company Kia, a recent spy shot shared by The Korean Car Blog shows a prototype Kia EV6 with wider arches, N sports seats, and a slightly longer body. We wouldn't be surprised if the EV6 were to spawn a high-performance version, but this may be just a prototype for a different car with the EV6's body.
Hyundai has also talked about a hydrogen-electric car, so we're not quite sure what shape the first N-badged EV will take, but we're excited to learn more in the coming months.