We try really hard to not get excited about concept cars, but in the case of Hyundai N division’s latest N Vision 74, we just can’t help ourselves. When the company unveiled the Pony Coupe back in 1974 it served as a reminder of what car designers can achieve if regulations are thrown to the wind and pure emotion is expelled into the body lines of an exotic concept. Taking that as inspiration, Hyundai has unveiled their latest Hybrid ‘rolling lab’ a showing of what can be achieved, and a teaser for what fans should expect from the brand in the future. If Vision 74 is the future of the Hyundai N division, bring it on.
“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, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center.
|Hyundai N Vision 74 Specifications|
|Power||Over 500 kW (Rear)|
|Torque||Over 900 Nm (Rear)|
|Charging||800-V fast-charging capability|
|Range||Over 600 km|
The first thing we note with the Vision 74 is its size, and long story short, it’s big. Not just in length, but in width and height. The overall length is slightly longer than a current generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (4952mm), a width that’s just (30mm) narrower than a Lamborghini Aventador (1995mm), and a height that’s 200mm taller (1331mm), it’s odd proportions scream concept supercar.
Also pushing the boundaries is its powertrain choice. The Vision 74 is a dual fuel cell vehicle, meaning Hyundai’s engineers developed a hybrid structure of a battery-electric in combination with a Fuel Cell system (hydrogen). Integration of the Fuel Cell is designed to increase the cooling efficiency, while the two different power sources can be used independently or together, depending on different driving conditions. The vehicle is rear-wheel drive and is equipped with a trick, torque vectoring system that utilises twin motors.
Of course, nothing pushes the boundaries more than the exterior design of the vehicle. We absolutely love the retro-look taillights – that we recently saw debut on the Hyundai Series Grandeur – and the way they balance the centred lower brake light. The Aerodisc wheels are also a standout, mimicking those found on the DTM cars of yesteryear, and we expect these to be equally as functional, channelling air into the brakes. While we could do without the rather large wing mounted to the rear boot lid, the side vents and overall profile of the Vision 74 remind us of the Audi Quattro S1, as does the angular front end. It’s a stunning vehicle, proving that low-emissions motoring doesn’t have to be bland and boring.
“In just seven years, Hyundai N has become the fastest evolving performance brand… moving forward to set new standards in sustainable high performance. We enthusiastically start this new chapter of electrified high-performance and will pursue this goal by using our creativity, engineering expertise and competitive spirit,” said Till Wartenberg, Vice President of N Brand Management & Motorsport Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor Company.
Hyundai Motor’s first electric N, IONIQ 5 N will hit the global market in 2023. More details about the first EV N will be unveiled at a later date, but more information on the Hyundai N Vision 74 can be found via the link below.