Dressed to impress and wearing the “N” suffix to remind of the brand’s performance division, the new RM16 N Concept has been introduced at the 2016 Busan Motor Show, in South Korea.
This is the third iteration of the Project RM (Racing Midship), started in 2012, which was responsible for the RM14 and RM15, presented in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and adds slim headlights, wide air intakes and a low-extended hood, bringing the study’s design closer to the company’s production cars.
Its weight distribution has remained unchanged compared to the previous versions, 43 percent at the front and 57 percent at the rear, benefiting from a center of gravity of less than 500 mm (20 in) from the ground. The bodywork is made of rigid carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels that sit above an aluminum space frame.
The concept is still powered by a 2.0-liter T-GDI engine equipped with an electric supercharger that puts out 300 PS (296 HP) and 383 Nm (282 lb-ft) of torque. The mill is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that channels power to the rear wheels via an electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD). Matching its look with a growl is the electronically-variable exhaust system.
Joining the RM16 N Concept at the South Korean automotive event is the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, Ioniq, Elantra, Veloster, i40, Sonata, Azera, Aslan, Tucson, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport and i20 WRC, along with a WRC simulator exhibition and the Genesis brand.