Hyundai RM16 N Concept-07

One year on, one ringgit more! This is the Hyundai RM16 N that is on display at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show in South Korea. The latest RM concept (for Racing Mid-ship, not Ringgit Malaysia) is a continuation from the RM14 and RM15, and reinforces Hyundai’s high-performance aspirations, the company says.

Hyundai says that the main purpose of Project RM is to develop core high performance technologies while focusing on performance, ultimately resulting in form following function. The project has developed with a ‘rolling lab’ concept since 2014, playing a key role in R&D of high performance future ‘N’ models from the brand.

The RM16 concept, like last year’s car, is a mid-engine, lightweight, high-performance two-seat concept. The aggressive front with low-extended hood, slim headlamps and wide air intakes create a low and wide impression, and accommodates high performance technologies.

Hyundai RM16 N Concept-04

Under the Veloster-style skin is a Theta 2.0 litre T-GDI engine with 295 hp, mounted just ahead of the rear axle. Power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The RM16 boasts “sports-focused weight distribution” (43:57) and a centre of gravity that’s less than 500 mm from the ground.

Weight-saving innovations include a specially-designed aluminium space frame covered by carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels. Hyundai says that the latest RM includes an electric supercharger, electronic LSD, automatic rear spoiler, electronically-variable exhaust system and sports seats with adjustable bolsters.

Sounds a little too Fantasy Island? The real action isn’t in Busan, but at the Nurburgring, where the upcoming Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has just proven itself in the Nurburgring 24h endurance race. To be based on the next-gen i30, around 40% of the development i30 2.0 Turbo is fresh, including a new 2.0 litre turbo engine, enhanced transmission and chassis. Word is that the Golf GTI and Focus ST rival will have over 260 hp.