The latest addition to Hyundai’s RM project has been unveiled at the 2016 Busan Auto Show in South Korea. The third iteration from the Racing Mid-ship (RM) design study saw the introduction of RM 16 N. The ‘N’ suffix has been added for the first time to remind us all of the brand’s performance division.
The RM project takes pride in developing new technologies and driving dynamics for the Korean company and transferring them into road-going production cars. It also lays down a platform for the Hyundai engineers to build upon by mastering their skill-set.
The inaugural concept called the RM14 broke covers at the 2012 edition of the same motoring show while the RM15 debuted at the Seoul Auto Show last year. Just like the previous two design studies, the RM16 N is based on the Veloster with race-spec characteristics.
The RM16 N features an aggressive front end that could give a sneak-peek into future performance models from the brand. The design of the lowly placed bonnet, wider air inlets and the sleek headlamps has said to be aerodynamically influenced.
Just as its predecessors, the Hyundai RM16 N comprises of the same 2.0-litre T-GDI four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops a maximum power output of 300 PS and 383 Nm of peak torque. It comes coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox that transmits power to the rear wheels through an advanced electronic slip differential on both axles.
The turbocharger has now been electrically operated where the electric motor helps develop boost pressure at lower RPM levels. The exhaust system is electronically-variable while the body panels are applied with carbon fibre reinforced plastic for lower weight. The aluminium frame chassis is well tuned for better weight distribution, 43 percent at the front and 57 percent at the rear, and the rear wing is adjustable.
The exhaust valve is adjustable as well and when cornering seat can automatically increase the bolstering level. Alongside the RM16 N, Hyundai showcased Genesis brand, Elantra, Veloster, i40, Sonata, i20 WRC, N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, Ioniq, Azera, Aslan, Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport at Busan.