Hyundai’s line of electric cars continues to grow. Earlier this month, the automaker launched the Ioniq 6, a sleek new sedan in an age of endless crossovers. It’s a nice change. A few days later, Hyundai unveiled the RN22e, a high-performance concept based on the new Ioniq 6. A new video from YouTube channel CarSceneKorea gets close to the car, according to Hyundai, which previews an upcoming electric N model .
The video covers the finer design details of the car, like the eyelids on the headlights. The car features a more aggressive front design, bulky side skirts, bulging fender flares and a massive rear spoiler that sits above a spoiler.
The Ioniq 6’s active front aero is gone, and the concept wears 21-inch wheels with the N’s signature red accents. The RN22e’s body is more porous, with vents and openings in the front and rear ‘back.
Inside, Hyundai removed the rear seat and added a roll bar. Hyundai engineers are also exploring different artificial sounds they can use inside the cabin to create a more engaging driving experience.
The RN22e produces the same 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts) as the Kia EV6 GT. The concept will serve as a rolling laboratory designed to explore high-performance electric cars, and it’s a sibling to the Hyundai N Vision 74, a concept hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The RN will also serve as a testbed for future high-performance models built on Hyundai’s global electric modular platform.
The Ioniq 6 is also built on the E-GMP architecture, and we know the RN22e gives a glimpse of a future all-electric Model N. The concept is a great argument for Hyundai to turn the concept into the Ioniq 6 N. Hyundai is already preparing the Ioniq 5 N, and an equivalent sedan in the lineup would catch people’s attention.
For now, the Hyundai RN22e is just a concept, a testbed for future performance N models, but it’s a good concept. It looks ready for the road and the race track, and we hope that won’t be the last we see of the car.