Hyundai Veloster N

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Editors' First Take

This isn't just some Hyundai Veloster with a big wing and a body kit. No, it's far more than that. It has a partial roll cage integrated into the chassis. It has a racing seat with a proper five-point harness. The rear wheel wells are filled with fat, 305-section tires. Oh, and did I mention the engine sits behind the cockpit?

Hyundai's RM19 prototype is a rolling showcase of the automaker's performance potential. It takes lessons learned from the production Veloster N hatchback, as well as the Veloster TCR race car, and kicks everything up a notch. The result is a sports car that isn't just good for a Hyundai, but one of the best-driving hatchbacks I've ever sampled, period.

The RM19, which made its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, is the fourth iteration of Hyundai's RM, or "racing midship" project. Each of the four RM cars have been based on the Veloster hatchback, and each have had their engine mounted behind the driver, in the middle of the chassis.

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