Hyundai has taken the wraps off the RM15 concept today at home in Seoul.
At a first glance it looks just about the same as last year's Veloster Midship concept except for the i20 WRC-inspired livery, but underneath the familiar skin there are some major changes. First and foremost, weight has decreased by 195 kg (429 lbs) to 1,260 kg (2,777 lbs) thanks to an aluminum spaceframe combined with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels.
Weight is distributed 43:57 front/rear while power comes from the same four-cylinder 2.0 T-GDI mounted transversely behind the seats and ahead of the rear axle. Compared to last year's concept, the RM15 now has vertical air-intake slots in the flanks and rear wheel arches to increase cooling of the engine bay.
The engine pumps out 300 HP (220 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 383 Nm (283 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm sent to the rear axle via a 6-speed manual gearbox. This hardware setup grants the 2015 Hyundai RM15 concept with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in only 4.7 seconds. The vehicle also benefits from a WRC-inspired roll cage, an aluminum double wishbone suspension and 19-inch mono block forged alloy wheels shod in 235/35 R19 front and 265/35 R19 tires.
As a final note, a prototype of a mid-engined Veloster was spotted a few days ago testing in South Korea, which could indicate a production version might happen.