VIDEO: Hyundai’s RM15 Concept mid-engine Super-Veloster revealed

Rally-inspired Hyundai RM15 Concept steals Seoul motor show

Hyundai Veloster RM15
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Mid-engine, wide-bodied, 4.7sec-to-100km/h RM15 Concept is the hard-core Veloster we really want.

Short for Racing Midship 2015, the RM15 surfaced at Hyundai’s home motor show in Seoul over the Easter break, dripping with exotic race-inspired construction and boasting performance stats that’d make a regular Veloster Turbo faint.

An aluminium spaceframe chassis with integral roll cage underpins radical Group B-style bodywork, much of which is formed in CFRP (carbonfibre-reinforced plastic).

It’s light in weight, too, tipping the scales at a scant 1260kg – the mid-mounted powertrain contributes to a 43:57 front-to-rear weight split that’s considered favourable for mid-engine performance cars.

The engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit producing around 225kW at 6000rpm and almost 390Nm from 2000rpm.

Hyundai says that its latest hyper-Veloster will dispatch the 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.7sec.

Sat on 235mm front and 265mm rear rubber on 19-inch rims, the RM15 boasts an aluminium-constructed double-wishbone suspension design all round befitting the concept’s hard-core vibe.

Meanwhile, brakes are huge Brembo units all round.

This isn’t the first time the Korean carmaker has dabbled in mid-engine show cars – the RM15 follows on from an equally radical, though differently styled, RM Concept unveiled last year.

Sadly, it’d take more than a wing and prayer to see such a radically revised take on the popular Veloster to make the leap to road car production.

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