Yes, it is true. Hyundai is developing a mid-engine sports car for production in the not-too-distant future, and it will appear in the exhibition hall in a few years.
The final version of the sports car is expected to be a bit less radical, sticking to the Hyundai RM19 concept presented at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
4 Several mid-engine modern concepts
The RM19 is not the first mid-engine Hyundai concept. Previously, I saw the Veloster Midship in 2014, followed by the lightweight RM15. Hyundai continued to make fun of the concept of mounting the engine behind the seat, that is, the current RM19, which represents the latest developments.
3 Halo model
Mid-engine Hyundai will be used as a halo model for Korean car manufacturers. The RM19 concept is built into the Veloster body and features a 390-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4 between the wide-body fender flares and the rear wheels.
The production model sticks to the concept, but the fender flares and aero kits will not be suitable for production vehicles.
The RM19 concept car travels 0-60 mph at top speeds above 155 mph in less than 4 seconds. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through the same six-speed sequential gearbox as mounted on a modern TCR racing car.
"The RM19 sports car is announcing future brand aspirations for Hyundai's high-performance N-brands and firmly moving N into a supercar-class prestigious field," said Hyundai Motor Group vice president of product division and Thomas Schemera.
One Former BMW employee
A spokesman for Hyundai said in an interview with the car and the driver, "Biermann does not do this to kick," said the company's R & D director. Albert Biermann is one of the founders of Hyundai N Performance branding, and if you've worked for BMW's M division, you probably know one or two things about performance car production.