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Old 07-21-2018, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default Hyundai confirms development of new ‘halo’ sports car

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/hyundai...alo-sports-car


A new halo model that will sit within Hyundai’s N division is in the pipeline

Hyundai’s new N performance brand will develop its own standalone vehicle, the company’s Vice President of high-performance and motorsport Thomas Schemera has confirmed.

The launch of the i30 N hatch and fastback, along with the Velsoter N, which will not go on sale in the UK, is the “completion of the first phase of N vehicles,” according to Schemera.


The next step in the development of the N brand is a bespoke, standalone model. Schemera added: “The whole idea is to strengthen the Hyundai brand, to bring more emotion.

“I can tell you Albert Biermann [Hyundai engineering boss] and myself are interested in hot things and have some ideas in the pipeline for a halo model - rest assured we are coming up with something.”

Auto Express understands there is still an internal debate going on within the company as to what the ‘halo’ model should be; whether that takes form as a two-seater sports car or performance saloon like the Kia Stinger is still being discussed. The model, as a result, is still several years away from production.

Biermann has also spelled out plans to be involved with the development of new models from the very beginning so the process of engineering Hyundai’s core products into N models is streamlined. That process is expected to begin with the next-generation i20 supermini.

Hyundai launched the N brand with the RN30 concept (pictured) at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
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Go with a 2 door.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:08 AM   #3
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Default Hyundai N division 'halo' car could be AWD and Hybrid




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Hyundai N division 'halo' car could be AWD and hybrid
All-wheel-drive, petrol-electric power under consideration for performance brand flagship, according to bosses.

Hyundai is favouring an all-wheel-drive, petrol-electric powertrain for its upcoming ‘halo’ car, according to sources at the Korean firm.

Set to represent the pinnacle of the N brand model hierarchy, the mystery range-topper was confirmed by bosses in July last year.

Company insiders have suggested to Autocar that hybridisation is currently on the cards, alongside a price positioning that would likely undercut the £115,000 Polestar 1 as well as other electrified performance GTs.

Vice president of Hyundai’s high-performance vehicle and motorsport division, Gyoo-Heon Choi, said: “A halo car remains in our plans. It won’t come for a while yet but we know we have to make one. We are now looking at some alternative powertrains and some different options on what kinds of vehicle we might deliver and when.” Hyundai N brand insiders suggest that it’s unlikely that any halo car will be on sale before 2022.

“We’re developing more powerful combustion engines for future cars,” Choi went on, “but also more powerful electric powertrains; experimental performance fuel cells, too. Conventional four-wheel drive is an option for the [halo] car, but it is very old technology. I would prefer to think about a front-engined hybridised platform with a rear-mounted electric motor; it’s an appealing direction for us.”

Klaus Köster, director of high performance vehicles at Hyundai’s European Technical Centre, added more detail about the halo car, saying: “Our challenge is to make the product affordable but also credible in the way we define any Hyundai N car. It cannot only be capable of just a handful of laps of a track before losing power – but also cannot be pitched at a price of hundreds of thousands of euros. The people who buy those kinds of cars are not Hyundai customers; not yet, at any rate.”



Even so, through a combination of Hyundai’s existing N-brand four-cylinder performance powertrain driving the front axle and the Kona Electric’s electric powertrain at the rear, the potential already exists for a four-wheel-drive Hyundai N-car with close to 500 horsepower.

“Ultimately, we will only ever respond to customer demand,” Köster added, “and we will only ever deliver something fully resolved, with a driving experience we’re really happy with. So we must be careful that, whatever we do, we create a car that N-brand customers will buy.”



The chosen bodystyle for Hyundai’s halo car has yet to be revealed. Insiders have previously suggested that a high-performance four-door, in the same vein as the Kia Stinger GT, and a two-door sporting coupé are the most likely candidates.

The N division, headed by former BMW M boss Albert Biermann, was established to produce high-performance versions of the Korean firm’s line-up, in the style of Volkswagen’s R brand or Mercedes-Benz AMG.

The brand has been testing a mid-engined, Veloster-based ‘RM16 N’, a component test mule that is thought to be part of the development process for the halo model.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:28 AM   #4
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Looks great in camo. Too bad it will likely be released with lack of wide body and more generic looking.

Every single time these prototypes come rolling out (see Supra), people love it and say "hell yes, i'd buy that." Then the manufacturer releases a dulled down version that leaves you flaccid.
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This is one place I am not sure that will be true.

If they make a limited run of less than 1K, they can make it as wild as they want.
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Reminds me of the Renault R5 Turbo2.

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Old 02-13-2019, 02:42 PM   #7
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The chosen bodystyle for Hyundai’s halo car has yet to be revealed. Insiders have previously suggested that a high-performance four-door, in the same vein as the Kia Stinger GT, and a two-door sporting coupé are the most likely candidates.
Test mule is power train not bodystyle. A high dollar AWD hatch as a halo is not a good idea. A sexy two or four door is the better option.
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Hyundai Supra-me-too Fast ///N Furious
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:32 PM   #9
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Test mule is power train not bodystyle. A high dollar AWD hatch as a halo is not a good idea. A sexy two or four door is the better option.
While I'm not going to disagree, most mfrs don't apply camo like that to test mules... Camo like that is reserved to hide body lines of future releases. Maybe those photos are of a totally different car (ie, not the halo)?
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Test mule is power train not bodystyle. A high dollar AWD hatch as a halo is not a good idea. A sexy two or four door is the better option.
Why can’t one company be different? Maybe if someone would make that super hot hatch it’d cascade down and lead to more performance options for hatch fans instead of us having to pick peanuts outta dookie.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:25 PM   #11
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Test mule is power train not bodystyle. A high dollar AWD hatch as a halo is not a good idea. A sexy two or four door is the better option.
It will be a global car though, and just cause Merica isn't big on hatches (which isn't necessarily true BTW) doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.

I have read very good things about the Veloster N, it seems like Hyundai is on the right track here (no pun intended).

I'd buy a Hyundai super hatch.
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:19 PM   #12
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Since Hyundai/KIA headhunted talent from Audi and BMW, R8/i8/NSX knockoff? I could see that.
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