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You're looking at an 800bhp, rear-drive Hyundai

Following Hyundai and Rimac's tie up, the RM20e is an 810bhp, 708lb ft EV

Published: 26 Sep 2020

We’re inching closer to a Hyundai supercar. Seriously. Hyundai’s N performance arm is developing some kind of halo sports car, and its latest prototype, this RM20e, suggests that halo sports car will be fully electric.

Mid-engined, Veloster-looking concepts have been a Hyundai specialism for years now. Last year’s Hyundai RM19 had a striking livery and a turbocharged touring car engine. But the RM20e is quieter, both aurally and visually. Bright blue ‘n’ orange is traded for black with a silver circuit board design. Which, yes, informs us electricity lies beneath.

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But worry not, for that electricity sends 810bhp and 708lb ft to… the rear wheels only. While the rest of us were baking banana bread, Hyundai’s engineers were cooking up their maddest test car yet. And you thought lockdown was all bad.

The performance stats are bananas, though. It’ll hit 62mph in under three seconds, and 124mph in under ten seconds. Hyundai’s tied with Rimac nowadays, and don’t we now know it.

“The RM20e combines racecar-like levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability,” Hyundai tells us. Yes, they said daily-driver.

“The RM20e sports car prototype clearly signals future electrified brand aspirations for Hyundai’s performance N brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance,” says Thomas Schemera, Hyundai’s product boss.

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“Moving forward, Hyundai N not only increases drivers’ heartbeats per minute via powerful internal combustion engines, but also through the instantaneous torque and environmental sustainability of reliable electrified powertrains. RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants.”

Cheesy line, but big news. While we almost certainly won’t see a jazzed up Veloster full of batteries in the showrooms, you can expect everything Hyundai learns from this frankly mad prototype to be poured into something far sexier which we actually can buy. Excited?

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