Hyundai’s N performance division is currently developing a halo model and, according to rumors, it could feature a potent hybrid powertrain.
The South Korean automaker first confirmed it was working on such a vehicle in July 2018, but has kept details about the vehicle close to its chest. However, a new report from Autocar may, if proven correct, give us an insight on what engine this model will use.
The British publication claims that talks are being held within the company about the possibility of the halo model using a turbocharged four-cylinder up front as well as an electric motor providing additional power at the rear. If the vehicle were to use the engine of the i30 N with up to 275 hp and the electric powertrain of the Kona Electric, up to 500 hp could be on the cards.
“A halo car remains in our plans. It won’t come for a while yet but we know we have to make one. We are now looking at some alternative powertrains and some different options on what kinds of vehicle we might deliver and when,” Hyundai vice-president of high-performance vehicles and motorsport Gyoo-Heon Choi said.
“Conventional four-wheel drive is an option for the [halo] car, but it is very old technology. I would prefer to think about a front-engined hybridised platform with a rear-mounted electric motor; it’s an appealing direction for us,” he added.
While it seems likely that the Hyundai N halo model will pack a hybrid powertrain, it remains to be seen what form the car itself will take. Some speculate that it will be a four-door Sportback similar in size and shape to the Kia Stinger, and others that it will be a two-door coupe.
Whichever direction Hyundai decides to take, if it stays true to its recent form it should be very interesting indeed.