[PHOTOS] Hyundai Debuts Mid-Engine RM19 Sports Car
With its new RM19 Racing Midship sports car protoype, Hyundai is making an aggressive move toward even higher performance for its N brand vehicles.
Unveiled last month at AutoMobility LA, the RM19’s “Racing Midship” design features a modified mid-engine configuration. Equipped with this high-tech layout, the RM19 delivers vastly improved balance, grip, and handling, along with performance worthy of a race car and dynamics that can handle everyday driving with ease.
“The RM19 sports car signals future brand aspirations for Hyundai’s high-performance N brand, solidly moving N into the prestigious arena of supercar-level performance,” said Thomas Schemera, who heads up Hyundai Motor Group’s product division.
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The RM19 shares a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo engine with Hyundai’s TCR race cars, but free from those models’ restrictions, it boasts a fearsomely boosted output of 390 horsepower, a limited top speed of 155 mph, and a likely 0-60 mph time of less than 4 seconds. Looks-wise, the RM19’s coupe design looks somewhat like a modified Veloster N hot hatch.
Eventually, Hyundai hopes to modify the RM19 platform with an array of electrified powertrains, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, all-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell. It’s all part of the automaker’s drive toward a more sustainable future, which includes plans for 44 eco-conscious models by 2025.
The RM19 is part of Hyundai’s ongoing RM program, which develops motorsport-oriented technologies, tests them intensively on the iconic German Nurburgring track, and applies them to N production vehicles.
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