The relentless upmarket march of Korea’s leading car manufacturer continues with the launch of two striking concepts – one of them an adventurous mid-engined sports model – at the Seoul Motor Show.
Hyundai says its lightweight two-seat RM15 (Racing Midship 2015) makes a confident statement about its passion for performance and its expertise in the development of advanced vehicle technologies. The Enduro lifestyle urban CUV is described as an all-new concept.
The RM15 is designed around an aluminum spaceframe clad in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). Paintwork is in the signature colours of the company’s ‘N’ (pale blue, black, red and Hyundai mid-blue) which also feature on the WRC i20 rally car. The RM15 has its origins in the Veloster RM shown at last year’s Busan Motor Show, but the Seoul show car is lighter, with better weight distribution and aero characteristics.
A Theta 2,0-litre T-GDI engine, mounted transversely behind the two-seater cabin and ahead of the rear axle, drives the rear wheels. Outputs are about 225 kW and 393 N.m. That translates into a 0-100 sprint in just 4,7 seconds, it’s said.
The Enduro CUV is aimed at city dwellers with energetic, athletic lifestyles. Its styling cues drawn from enduro bike racing include a steering wheel design that features the spoke and handle moulding of a road bike. However, it’s clearly also practically oriented, with flexible rear storage zone that features drawer-style compartments that can safely accommodate a broad range of lifestyle sports equipment.