SEMA News—November 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS

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Hyundai Veloster RM19 Mid-Engine Prototype

This Hyundai RM19 was caught for the first time while testing in Germany.

Hyundai’s N performance division has been expanding by creating tuned versions of the company’s existing vehicles, but it has plans to make a bespoke sports car. It’s been spotted testing a modified Veloster N on the Nürburgring that’s mid-engined and reportedly a precursor to the division’s dedicated car.

It’s expected to be a compact sports car, possibly in the vein of a Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman. Power is likely to be delivered by a turbocharged four-cylinder, making rear-wheel drive a possibility. Global sales are expected.

Expect a concept version of the RM19 in the near future, but a timeline for a production version has yet to
be determined.

Hyundai
Hyundai

Mustang-Inspired Mach E Performance EV

Here’s the upcoming Ford Mach E prototype undergoing testing. Previous sightings of Ford’s EV showed the vehicle in mule form, wearing the body of a last-generation Ford Escape. These are the first shots of the prototype wearing production-intent bodywork.

All that heavy camouflage appears to be hiding a fastback-like body, and the vehicle is rumored to be “Mustang-inspired.” The overall size seems to be around that of the all-new Ford Escape, with car-like compact dimensions.

The Mach E is expected to start around $40,000 and “will go like hell,” according to Bill Ford.



Mustang
Mustang

Porsche’s 820hp Über-Panamera

Shooters in Germany caught up to Porsche’s swan song for the current-generation Panamera, which will be discontinued in 2022. It is an extremely powerful variant of the four-door GT, and a name has yet to be given.

After quite a long period of research with different grades of power, it is now clear that the Über-Panamera will get 820 hp out of a tuned version of the existing engine. Porsche engineers wouldn’t talk about which powerplant might form the base; they just confirmed the output of 820 hp.

Expect this Porsche Panamera to arrive in limited numbers in early 2020.

Porsche
Porsche

 

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