Turbocharged V6 performance model won't go on sale; it's testing parts for future production models

This Hyundai Veloster RM16 N development car has been spotted high-speed testing at the Nürburgring.

The wide-arched RM16 N has aggressively styled bumpers, a roof-mounted rear wing and a rear diffuser. There are twin exit tailpipes and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels, giving the model a significantly more hardcore look than the production Veloster.

While the mid-engined model looks near production-ready, it is in fact a one-off prototype, based on the RM16 concept and used purely as a platform to test new hardware.

This hardware includes a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 296bhp. It’s related to the unit that is found under the bonnet of the upcoming i30 N hot hatch, but produces 36bhp more than the future production model.

Both the increased power output and the mid-mounted location of the engine suggests Hyundai is experimenting with the concept of a mid-engine production sports car, however, the Korean car maker refused to comment on this suggestion when contacted by Autocar.

Our Verdict

Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster wins on practicality, price and standard kit but lacks the dynamic talent and appeal that a coupé should have.

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Autocar revealed earlier this year how the brand’s N performance arm will add a four-wheel-drive Focus RS rival to its line-up above the i30 N, leaving space for a range-topping sports car. This supports previous reports by Autocar that said a pared-back model was part of the N division's long-term plans.

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