If there’s one thing we love – and trust us, when it comes to cars, there are many – it’s mid-engined hatchbacks, from the Renaultsport Clio V6 to the VW Golf GTI W12-650 concept. Or this latest RM15 concept from Hyundai.
Shorthand for Racing Midship 2015, this one-off picks up where the Hyundai Veloster RM left off last year. It’s built around an aluminum spaceframe, draped in carbon-fiber bodywork painted in similar livery to the company’s i20 WRC rally car.
Under the rear glass is where you’ll find the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the previous version, kicking 296 horsepower out to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. That’s enough to give it a 4.7-second 0-62 time, but it’s in the handling department where the RM15 surely shines: The carbon bodywork sheds some 430 pounds off the curb weight, distributed 43/57 front-rear and centered just 19 inches off the ground.
Unfortunately, since it was unveiled all the way in South Korea at the Seoul Motor Show, we’re unlikely to see it up close any time soon, but you can scope it out in the teaser video here.