This is the third evolution of the Hyundai racing prototype saga and the new version of the concept line comes with a tweaked exterior styling and a 300-hp engine.
The RM 16 comes after the RM 14 and RM 15 concepts, presented – you guessed correct – in 2014 and 2015, respectively. During the ongoing 2016 Busan Motor Show Hyundai has decided to present the third iteration, which has also gained the “N” letter to warrant the implication of the company’s namesake unit now tasked to handle all performance car developments. Not much has actually changed from the first and second iterations, with Hyundai deciding for a fresher exterior design that takes the latest cues from the production cars and spices them even further. Under the bonnet still resides the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that has an electric supercharger and manages an output of 300 horsepower (220 kW) and 283 pound-feet (383 Newton meters) of torque. This is arguably the same engine that will find its way under the hood of the i30 N – the first street version coming from the N Performance division. Inside the RM 16, the power is directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, the project also sporting a good weight distribution of 43 percent front / 57 percent rear.
Since we’re dealing with a motorsport oriented prototype, the menu also includes an electronic limited-slip differential, an electronically-variable exhaust system, along with an automatically-controlled rear spoiler to support the aerodynamics according to the driving conditions. We have no clue if a production version is being planned, and we’ll have to wait and see if these concepts are actually a preview for the next generation Veloster. This is because they would have to bring a different philosophy altogether – the RM16 concept is a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration.