Hyundai RM20e is the ultimate electric hot hatch


Holy Smokes is that cool thing. Hyundai

Remember Hyundai’s awesome little mid-engine Concept RM19 Who debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show? I of course do; it’s incredible. So how does Hyundai sum this up? Meet the RM20e, which debuts this weekend at the Beijing Motor Show. It’s the same rolling lab race car setup as the RM19, but with one major – and above all cool – difference: it’s electric.

The RM20e certainly looks corporate, and it’s essentially a modified version of the Veloster N ETCR electric racing car. Hyundai doesn’t say exactly how big the RM20e’s battery is, only confirming that it produces 810 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque. For comparison, the RM19 I drove last year produced 390 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. But since the batteries are inherently heavier, the RM20e undoubtedly carries a lot more weight, although Hyundai doesn’t specify an exact amount.

According to Hyundai, the RM20e can accelerate to 62 mph in under 3 seconds and hit 124 mph in just under 10 seconds. The lighter, less powerful RM19 completed the 0-60 mph sprint in about 4 seconds.

“The RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter in electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to gather valuable information in the area of ​​zero-emission performance dynamics,” said Albert Biermann, head of research and of the development of Hyundai Motor Group, in a statement. It’s no secret that Hyundai is planning to launch a number of electrified products over the next few years, and the high-performance N division will be at “the forefront of environmental responsibility,” Biermann said.

Much like the RM19, the RM20e is unlikely to actually feature a future production car. Instead, Hyundai will continue to refine its RM development car to new levels of performance, now with electric assistance. I can’t wait to see what the RM21 has in store.


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