Hyundai has announced a high performance sub-brand ‘N’ and will officially launch it at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA). With this sub-brand, the company will combine its successful motorsport experience and intensive product testing and technologies to build performance oriented cars to deliver ‘the most thrilling winding road’ experience to consumers.
The N performance division of Hyundai will utilize the company’s experience of competition in the World Rally Championship (WRC) along with investment and dedication required to create high performance variants of the company’s road-going car line-up.
The N performance sub-brand will preview the new generation of the i20 WRC at the motor show aiming to signify the company’s passion for engineering ability and performance goals. The all-new i20 WRC will be based on the new generation i20. The rally car that will be showcased will be the first prototype of the actual i20 WRC that will compete in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship at Rallye Monte Carlo. The company informs that the vehicle is already undergoing testing and will be ready to participate in the upcoming rally championship.
In addition to the rally-spec i20 Hyundai will also showcase a concept car to present the its idea on future performance vehicles. The concept is named ‘Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’ and aims to represent the future of the performance sub-brand Hyundai N. The concept will also be exclusively available in the Gran Turismo video game series for PlayStation.
Hyundai will also display the RM15 Concept car that debuted at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show in April. The company states that the concept gives a preview into the driver-focused technologies developed by Hyundai N that could be implemented in production vehicles. The mid-engine concept features a 2.0-litre engine producing 300 PS (295 hp).
The press release has been embedded below for further information.