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The best feature of the new Hyundai RN22e Concept

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Electric vehicles have been priority for almost all car manufacturers as all major companies are doing their best to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and internal combustion engines to reduce emissions and save non-renewable energy. While most EVs on the market place an emphasis on providing customers with more mileage and a smoother driving experience, some companies differentiate themselves by offering customers performance EVs that compete with combustion-engine performance cars.


Hyundai is one of the innovative automakers in the industry and has seen strong growth over the past decade. Thanks to the engineers and designers, Hyundai is now one of the largest companies in the United States because of the high sales figures. Last week, the South Korean automaker introduced two new performance EVs, and we still can’t get enough of how beautiful they look. The Hyundai RN22e and N Vision 74 are examples of what Hyundai is capable of and how they are eager to redefine the ante currently being ruled by Tesla and other mega car companies. While we leave the N Vision 74 to discuss at another time, now let’s delve deeper into the RN22e concept and talk about its standout feature.


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The RN22e’s muscular all-electric powertrain is its strongest feature

According to Hyundai, its RN22e concept is a high-performance EV based on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) platform, which also underpins the Ioniq 6 luxury electric sedan. The upcoming RN22e high-performance electric sedan is powered by a duo of electric motors. The 214 hp front electric motor and 270 hp rear motors combine to form a four-wheel drive system, and it comes with a 77.4 kWh battery.

The powerplant delivers 576 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque with both engines combined. While we don’t know how fast the RN22e will accelerate, we expect it to hit 100 km/h in under 4.2 seconds and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds, as well as a speculated top speed of 270 km/h. The 77.4 kWh battery will also come standard with a 400V charger, which will supposedly fully charge the battery in an hour. In addition, an 800V fast charger will be available, and it only takes 18 minutes to charge the battery from 10-80%.


In addition, the powertrain is equipped with a new cooling system that Hyundai calls ‘Racetrack Enhanced Cooling’. This new track-optimized cooling system helps by cooling the battery, electric motor and other electronic components to improve track performance.

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The RN22e Concept promises a sports car-like driving experience

Hyundai designed the E-GMP platform specifically for EVs and the clever design helped the engineers equip the battery in the chassis. This witty technique has helped engineers pack the chassis with the two electric motors, battery and suspension into one unit. This has made the car lighter due to the lower curb weight. While this exceptional technique may seem complicated, its merits only become apparent once you drive the car. Furthermore, Hyundai has used 3D-printed parts to make the car lighter. All this contributes to optimal weight distribution and a lower center of gravity.


To give the RN22e sportier driving characteristics, Hyundai has made special mechanical adjustments to the concept car. As previously mentioned, the duo of electric motors form a four-wheel drive system and are equipped with e-TVTC (Electronic Torque Vectoring by Twin Clutch), which aids in dynamic power distribution in each wheel. This reduces understeer and motivates the driver to corner more confidently.

The e-TVTC and N Drift models also allow the driver to adjust front and rear wheel power to improve track performance and perform better drifts. For strong braking performance, the wheels are equipped with 15.7-inch ventilated disc brakes in combination with 4-piston monoblock calipers.


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The RN22e is the sportier version of the Ioniq 6

Both the Ioniq 6 and RN22e are based on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform and share an identical exterior design language. The exterior design of the Ioniq 6 was already phenomenal, but Hyundai refused to let its nerves rest. They based the RN22e on the same platform and incorporated the same design into it, but they made it look sportier with a sharper fascia design, more chiseled headlights and an N-embossed sports bumper. At the rear, the RN22e has a slimmer character with the new spoiler, an all-new faux diffuser and slimmer taillights. In addition, the exterior also shows off N-specific embellishments such as N badges on the body and dark blue stripes. In addition, the larger tires and alloy wheels will improve the track potential.

Overall, the upcoming Hyundai RN22e will have a strong presence in the market. As of now, Hyundai has not released any information regarding the launch date or official pricing. However, we expect the RN22e to come with a Hyundai Ioniq 6 N nameplate and the starting price will be around $60,000. Based on its class, engine and body type, the RN22e will compete with the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S, among others.

Source: Hyundai