We’re used to seeing wildly-futuristic concept cars around here. And we’ve seen plenty of retro-styled concepts too.
But Hyundai’s new N Vision 74?
This…this is…something else.
Equal parts Initial D and Blade Runner, the N Vision 74 is an homage to Hyundai’s Giugiaro-penned Pony Coupe Concept.
In case you noticed any similarities, Giorgetto Giugiaro also designed the Delorean DMC-12, and has alluded to the Pony concept’s direct influence on the DMC-12 profile.
And beyond its delightfully retro-futuristic vibe is another jaw dropper: the N Vision 74 is an electric vehicle powered by a hybrid battery/hydrogen fuel cell system.
By combining traditional battery EV power with a hydrogen fuel cell, Hyundai claims the N Vision 74 makes well north of 600 horsepower. The concept vehicle gets an estimated 370+ mile range and better still, Hyundai says the fuel cell can be refilled in about five minutes.
Propelled by twin motors out back, the N Vision 74 relies on an advanced torque vectoring system to ensure smooth, consistent power delivery and razor-sharp handling
Hyundai didn’t stop there.
In addition to the R Vision 74, it dropped the RN22e, another performance EV concept derived from the new Hyundai IONIQ 6 EV. Hyundai says the AWD RN22e sedan has a 150+ mph top speed and can be recharged in less than 18 minutes.
While it’s easy to get excited about some awesome-looking EV concepts that boast fantastic performance numbers, we’re anxiously waiting to see what aspects of either ride seep into a production vehicle.
That said, Hyundai seems pretty committed to both EV and hydrogen power, so this certainly looks like the company is throwing some weight behind these endeavors. And considering Hyundai’s first full electric high-performance model, the IONIQ 5 N is coming in 2023, we may not have to wait all that long to see if either of these come to fruition.
At any rate, you can get a closer look at both concepts in this video from Hyundai:
I didn’t realize that Hyundai had been around long enough to go “retro”. Maybe overseas I suppose.