The latest news seems to be that the South Korean automaker will make it happen.
A new report has surfaced from Top Gear, claiming that the Hyundai N Vision 74 concept is indeed a possibility for production. This is confusing, as conflicting reports have been doing the rounds of late. A rumor from early this month claimed the concept would arrive as a modern-day Pony, but just a few days later, another outfit claimed that Hyundai had said there are no plans to mass-produce the Pony Coupe.
But now Top Gear has spoken with Hyundai's chief creative officer, Luc Donckerwolke, and he told the British publication that the automaker is serious about it and that the concept rides on a workable platform.
"I hate show business," said Donckerwolke. "I hate doing show cars and then - nothing." That led TG to ask if the N Vision 74 could be offered to the buying public, to which he responded, "Absolutely. We are serious about this. This could come into production. We have the platform - it's a motorsport platform."
The unconventional hybrid powertrain of the concept features a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery that combine for 670 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, all of which goes to the rear wheels, creating a car that Hyundai calls a "corner rascal."
The technology is workable, but bean counters often kill a project while still in gestation. Thankfully, that may not be the case here.
The idea of the hydrogen-powered concept is "something that came from management," proclaims Donckerwolke. "It's always good when the management is telling you [to do it]. There is nothing unfeasible about this car. It's pure. We're hoping and we're working, and it's only a matter of the right constellation." We assume he means the stars aligning, but this is promising.
It appears that Hyundai's top brass want to continue reshaping the brand's image to appeal to more customers, and something even more exciting than the Ioniq 5 N could certainly help achieve that goal.
Sadly, Donckerwolke says that production of the N Vision 74, should it ever happen, would be in the form of a "limited series." Hyundai has made its interest in a supercar known, and this seems like the perfect way to do it.
Fingers crossed that we have something more concrete soon.
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