A pre-production prototype based on the Hyundai Veloster RM16 N concept car has been snapped spy photographers during laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The RM16 N concept made its debut in June 2016 at the Busan motor show, and both it and this test vehicle feature the same headlight design, similar lower grilles, pumped up fenders, large air intakes ahead of the rear wheel arches, and a squared off shoulder line terminating at an aggressively louvred rear bumper.
In addition to the heavily modified body, the RM16 N concept ditched the Veloster’s tight rear pew in favour of a mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and an electronic limited-slip differential.
The RM16 N concept, as with the earlier RM14 and RM15 concept cars, used a version of the company’s 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Equipped with an electric compressor, the concept cars reportedly had 220kW of power and 383Nm of torque on tap.
Unlike the Veloster that’s currently in showrooms, which features one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger’s side, the RM16 N concept had a conventional three-door hatchback setup.
Given that Hyundai is going to the expense of developing the RM16 N beyond the show car stage, not to mention the trouble of fine-tuning it at the Nurburgring, it’s likely that this uber-Veloster will go into limited production.
It’s possible that the mid-engine Veloster will gain N badging, and act as a halo vehicle for the company’s N performance sub-brand. If this all does come to pass, this mid-engine Veloster could be seen as the successor, of sorts, to the bonkers Renaultsport Clio V6 from the early noughties.
So far, the only confirmed N production car is the i30 N, which has already been spotted undergoing testing in Germany ahead of its likely debut next year.