Hyundai Debuts 679-HP Retro Concept With Hydrogen Power

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The track weapon features a hybrid hydrogen powertrain.

Hyundai has unveiled two striking development mules that'll shape the future of go-fast N models in an electrified world.

One, the electric RN22e, is based on the recently-released Hyundai Ioniq 6. You can read all about that 576-hp electric concept car here. For now, we're here to talk about its wild stablemate, which Hyundai calls the N Vision 74.

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N Vision 74: What's In A Name?

The N Vision 74 is a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid that was inspired by the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from 1974. That concept was penned by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the man responsible for the BMW M1 and Ferrari 250 GT. Frankly, his accomplishments are too many to list here. Regardless, the influence from Giugiaro is clear. The concept was built into prototypes back in '74, but the car never saw the light of day. Until now, that is.

"N Vision 74's future-oriented design reflects the respect and appreciation we have for the dedication and passion that went into the Pony Coupe concept," said SangYup Lee, Hyundai's Executive Vice President.

Hyundai says the N Vision "elevates the daring attitude" of the Pony Coupe while also reinterpreting the interior as "an entertaining space" with a "driver-centric cockpit" that blends strong heritage homage with modern tech, like a digital cluster controlled with analog buttons. Unfortunately, Hyundai hasn't shown us the interior yet.

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N-Branded Hydrogen Performance In A Retro Package

According to Hyundai, the Vision 74 concept will be194.9 inches long, 78.5 inches wide, and 52.4 inches tall on a 114.3-inch wheelbase. Those are certainly sports car size proportions, but the powertrain is what interests us. Hyundai says its engineers developed the brand's own hybrid fuel cell electric vehicle architecture. According to Hyundai, the benefits lie in the cooling, which is vastly improved over a solely hydrogen or electric vehicle. Hyundai says it'll use its own three-channel system for those duties.

The two different power sources can be used in different blends depending on the driving situation, as well. Of course, that also means torque-vectoring is possible as well. Twin motors at the rear will handle that, making cornering more precise and quicker out of the apex.

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Can Hydrogen Power Make EVs Fun?

The spicy concept would be useless without impressive power delivery, and thankfully, it appears the N Vision 74 will have plenty of that. A 62.4 kWh battery and 85 kW fuel cell stack work together, producing 679 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. At full tilt, the concept will exceed 155 mph. Hyundai also says you'll be able to refill those hydrogen cells in just five minutes on your way to a driving range of "over" 372 miles.

What remains to be seen is if this is enough to entice sports car enthusiasts. Electric cars don't provide much emotional feedback, a trait OEMs are increasingly aware of. Brands like Mercedes, Ferrari, and Lamborghini are all working to make electric vehicles more engaging for enthusiasts. It looks like Hyundai will do the same, and with looks like these, we'd say the brand is off to a flying start.

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