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Hyundai N Vision 74 to enter production after May 27: Report

Hyundai N Vision 74 to enter production after May 27: Report

The Hyundai N Vision 74 sports concept instantly became one of the best-looking concept cars ever when it debuted last July. Soon, it may become one of the sharpest production cars too, with Korean media reporting that it will produce a production model that is said to debut later this month.

Unveiled last summer, the Hyundai N Vision 74 is a modern callback to the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept. It was just a Giorgetto Giugaro-design with a Hyundai badge slapped on it that was never produced, but it laid the foundation for Giugaro’s later DeLorean DMC- 12, and inspired the Hyundai Ioniq 5. And now, finally, a production car of its own according to Korea money today.

The outlet reports that Hyundai plans to unveil the production version of the N Vision 74 on May 27, at a “Pony Day” event held at its studio in Seoul. Its design is said to have been penned by Fabrizio Giugiaro, son of the original Bonny Coupe designer, though not much is known about the production car after that.

The concept generates 670 horsepower from two electric motors on the rear axle, which are powered by an array of batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell. The lack of H2 infrastructure would make it difficult to unleash the car’s potential outside of a few regions, so PoNy or whatever it’s called might use a more traditional drivetrain. That could mean pure electric power like in current Ioniq products, or a hybrid solution pulled from the RM19 prototype. It might also allow Hyundai to extract something from its canceled mid-engined sports car program.

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Whatever form it takes, it will be gratifying to see such a widely acclaimed design culminate in a production car. It also raises hopes that Kia or Genesis can develop versions of their own, too—though it’s hard to imagine them holding a candle to what might be the hottest Korean car in history.

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