Now the official tuner to the Korean automaker is ready to kick things up a notch with the launch of its own sports car.
In an interview with EVO published Friday, Hyundai's man in charge of high-performance applications and motorsport, Thomas Schemera, confirmed that a standalone Hyundai N sports car was in the works.
“I can tell you [Hyundai N boss] Albert Biermann and myself are interested in hot things and have some ideas in the pipeline for a halo model,” he said. “Rest assured we are coming up with something.”
Biermann, who before joining Hyundai was a top engineer at BMW M, earlier this year revealed that his engineers have been toying with a number of concepts, including mid-engine designs. You'll recall that Hyundai N has built a handful of mid-engine cars for testing purposes.
Hyundai R&D boss Yang Woong Chul has also commented on the mystery sports car. He confirmed earlier this year the existence of a sports car with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. He also said that Hyundai N was handling the development.
Talk of a Hyundai sports car dates back several years. Hyundai together with students from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin even played with the idea in 2015 when it presented the PassoCorto concept. And with the Genesis Coupe no longer in production, there’s definitely a void in Hyundai’s lineup that the front-wheel-drive Veloster will never fill. A Hyundai N sports car could be just the ticket.