Hyundai has launched two performance-oriented electric vehicle concepts, called “rolling labs”, as reported by The Verge. Both concepts come from Hyundai’s “N” sub-brand which focuses on high-performance vehicles.
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Hyundai Rolling Labs
Of the two, the N Vision 74 is the most striking with a design that draws elements from the 2025 Hyundai N Vision Gran Truism and the 1974 Pony Coupe concept.
The difference here is that instead of a petrol engine, it uses a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid system which can push the car to over 260 km/h. They also come with a 62.4kWh battery with 800V fast charging capabilities and a range of over 372 miles.
The RN22e, on the other hand, is sleek and uses the same streamlined aerodynamic design as the recently introduced Ioniq 6.
The RN22e has a 77.4 kWh battery with 400 or 800 V fast multi-charging capability and a top speed of over 250 km/h. Also, it has an N Sound Plus feature that can generate fake engine sounds when you are driving.
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Not a first for Hyundai
This isn’t the car brand’s first attempt at creating a Pony-inspired electric vehicle. In 2019, the automaker introduced a 45 EV concept meant to pay homage to the classic car. Later, they transformed a 70s Pony sedan into an electric vehicle with retro and modern elements.
It’s uncertain whether the rolling labs will materialize, but one thing is certain, Hyundai N will launch its first electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 N in 2023.
Hyundai Ioniq 5N
Even though there aren’t enough details about the Ioniq 5 N, it may share similarities with the RN22e concept, as CNET reports. The Ioniq 5 N can also share the same powertrain specs as the RN22e with dual-clutch torque vectoring, yaw-controlling regenerative brakes, and specially designed exterior and interior noises. You can watch the video here.
There were also spy photos which give an idea of what to expect. It features wider fender flares that cover larger wheels, additional front air intakes, a larger rear spoiler and diffuser, deeper side skirts, and more. It’s also possible it will come with the N brand’s signature baby blue print.
The interior is likely to have tougher bucket seats, a sportier steering wheel and suede trim.
Expect a starting price of around $60,000 for the Ioniq 5 N. Its production could be followed by a production version of the RN22e in a year or two.
The rise of electric vehicles is here, and Hyundai seems to be keeping pace. Are you excited to see the automaker’s new electric vehicles?
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