This is the next phase of Hyundai’s Racing Midship project which it is using for research and development towards its N division. The Veloster based RM15 was revealed just over a year ago so the RM16 should be considered as a revision to the project rather than an entirely new concept. What this revision promotes is a new external design and mechanical features.
From a visual aspect the RM16 is a lot more aggressive and futuristic while still adopting the general proportions of the RM15 which means it is still a mid-engine and lightweight two-seater with a main focus on performance. The body panels are a lot smoother and aerodynamic while the size of the air intakes have been increased.
The tuned 2,0-litre T-GDi engine remains as it develops 220 kW and 383 N.m of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The weight of the RM16 is undisclosed but it is confirmed to be lighter than the RM15’s
1 260 kg structure while retaining the 43% front and 57% rear weight distribution.
The performance of the RM16 is enhanced thanks to an electric supercharger, electronic limited slip differential and an automatically controlled rear spoiler. Hyundai has failed to release any performance figures but it should be faster than the RM15’s claimed 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4,7 seconds.
Don’t expect the RM16 to ever make it to the production line, however you can hold your breath for the recently confirmed Hyundai i30 Turbo N.