Hyundai combustion engine development is coming to an end. The Korean automaker is getting ready for the electric future which means ditching any future plans for gasoline engines.
Hyundai caught the enthusiast market late with its “N” line of performance vehicles which includes the Veloster, Elantra, Kona, and Sonata. Specifically, the Veloster N is positioned as a worthy competitor to Honda’s Civic Type R.
Years ago it would have seemed laughable that a Hyundai would be in the same market segment as a Type R model. However, the Veloster’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine and track-tuned suspension make it a compelling option against Honda’s offerings.
However, it looks like any hopes of that battle continuing into the future have been dashed. According to Business Korea, the Hyundai Motor Group completely shut down its internal combustion engine development center on December 17th, 2021.
The 12,000 employees from the center have been transitioned to Hyundai’s “Electrification Development” team.
Depending on who you are, this is either sad news or great news. Those who look forward to the future of the electric car are likely happy to see Hyundai making a large move toward the transition to EVs.
If you prefer an internal combustion experience, then this move is effectively the nail in the coffin for Hyundai being a final hold-out. At this time it is unclear if Hyundai is planning to dissolve the N brand or if it will transition the badge to electric performance cars.
What do you think about Hyundai ditching combustion engine development? Would you be interested in an “N” car if it was electric? Do you think it is possible for electric performance cars to be as fun as their gasoline-powered counterparts?
Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype. We really want to know your thoughts on this. We’re pretty sure that more manufacturers will start making similar moves soon.