Hyundai is staging the media launch of the Veloster N at the Nürburgring and a new report is suggesting the company has confirmed a stand-alone halo model.
In an interview with Auto Express, the head of Hyundai’s high performance vehicle and motorsport division said the launch of the i30 N and Veloster N represent the “first phase of N vehicles.” Thomas Schemera reportedly went on to say the next phase will involve the creation a bespoke sports car that won’t be based on an existing Hyundai model.
Little is known about the car, but Schemera said “The whole idea is to strengthen the Hyundai brand, to bring more emotion.” This suggests the car will be a high-performance halo model with an emotional design that brings plenty of attention to Hyundai and the company’s N brand.
Schemera went on to say “I can tell you Albert Biermann [Hyundai’s head of high performance development] and myself are interested in hot things and have some ideas in the pipeline for a halo model.” He added that fans should “Rest assured, we are coming up with something.”
There’s no word on what that something is, but the magazine reports there is an internal debate about what form the halo model should take. The two obvious choices are a two-door coupe or a high-performance sedan.
A coupe would be the more emotional choice, but a sedan would likely appeal to more buyers. However, there’s no shortage of performance sedans and a four-door Hyundai N could potentially overlap with the Kia Stinger and Genesis G70.
Since the company is still debating the basics, it will likely be a long time before we see a stand-alone Hyundai N.