The Hyundai N performance sub-brand has only been around for a short time, but the Korean manufacturer is already planning a standalone halo model to "bring more emotion" – according to a new report.
"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."
According to the British publication, Hyundai is having an internal debate as to what form this halo model will take – it could be a two-seater sports car or a performance sedan, a-la the Kia Stinger.
Due to the reported internal discussions, the standalone N model could still be several years away from production.
One possibility could be a production version of the mid-engined RM16 N concept that debuted in June 2016, complete wiht a 220kW/383Nm 2.0-litre turbo four – there's even spy photos of one testing at the Nurburgring (above).
Hyundai N will also expand into other model lines beyond the i30 and Veloster ranges as well. There's been numerous reports regarding N versions of the Kona and Tucson crossovers, along with a hi-po version of the pint-sized i20 sold overseas.