Ollie Kew of Top Gear Magazine says that the Koreans have written the final chapter in the big book on automotive history. Hyundai, for its part, has pushed the boundaries in some of the most unexpected ways in the process. The N Vision 74 and RN22e concept cars are part of that unconventional thinking, and Kew says they’re even more impressive on the track than he expected.
These two cars came back to back during Hyundai’s recent N Day. The N Vision 74 is a technical test bed of enormous proportions. Not only does it have a super retro silhouette, but that shape is interspersed with a very unique hydrogen-electric powertrain that pumps out 670 hp (499 kW). The details are somewhat mind-boggling and you can take a deep dive into them here.
On the track, Kew says he is not only very happy with the tail, but is also very confidence-inspiring. In fact, it’s so captivating and fast-paced that he specifically says the folks at AMG and BMW M had better be careful. The only problem is that because it’s all-electric it’s hard to hear exactly when you’re on the brink until you’re actually there. Fortunately, the RN22e actually solves that concern.
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Unlike the N Vision 74, the RN22e is a conventional battery-electric vehicle and has a much higher chance of going into production. Plus, it makes a lot more noise. Not only is the electric motor louder, but the RN22e also makes fake noise. It also offers paddle shifters that change via fake gears to provide a more visceral and traditional driving experience.
Kew says it’s actually helpful to understand what’s happening on the road surface and that “downshifting” with the intention of engine braking in a bend feels intuitive and easy to use. It even allows him to make mistakes and he likes that. It works on a different level than most EVs.
It seems pretty clear that Hyundai itself is on a different level from other EV manufacturers when it comes to these concepts. Not only are they bold, but they seem more driver-oriented. We try that every day.