The Hyundai N Vision 74 Combines the Best of the Past and Future

Hyundai’s N Vision 74 is a concept car that gives a strong nod to the past while charging straight into the future. 
Written by Preston Charles
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Aug 29, 2022
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Hyundai
N Vision 74 is like a futuristic car from the past. Looking at it is like watching an episode of The Jetsons; it’s a bygone era's idea of the future, and it’s wonderful. 
Hyundai’s intention is to bridge the gap between the innovative yet underdeveloped hydrogen technology (more on that in a moment) with a design that will turn heads.
Hyundai’s
N performance sub-brand has been working on combining battery and fuel cell-powered prototypes that can get significant range; something that has been a challenge for cars utilizing the technology. The N Vision 74 is the long-awaited byproduct of the years of toiling.

What is a hydrogen fuel cell? 

When run outright, batteries don’t last long. The solution for
EVs
up to this point has simply been bigger batteries, but that makes your car much heavier thus affecting performance. 
Hyundai’s response is to turn the N Vision 74 into its own, small power plant. As
Motortrend
reported, they’ve added a hydrogen fuel cell that combines compressed hydrogen from onboard tanks with oxygen in the atmosphere to create electricity and water. That electricity is then used to power the motors. 
In addition to cutting weight while adding range, the fuel cell technology reduces fueling time to just five minutes. The
battery
can then charge at 800 volts and is able to drop its charging time from 10 percent to 80 percent charged in 18 minutes! 

The performance of the N Vision 74

With a mere 4.2 kilograms of hydrogen onboard and a fully charged 64.4-kWh battery, Hyundai claims that the N Vision 74 has a range of 373 miles when “driven gently.” Though when flexing its 584 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, it’s bound to be much less. 
That power combined with the angular body type of the N Vision 74 puts its top end speed at 155 mph with a time of 0-60 mph in four seconds. Hyundai is looking to reduce the acceleration time even further in future prototypes by adding a front motor as well.  

The iconic look of the N Vision 74

The tech and numbers are fascinating on this car, but the 1970s supercar look of it is the epitome of cool. Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the 1974 Hyundai Pony-Coupe, but unfortunately, the car was never brought to market. 
Cut loose from his contract, Giugiaro continued to toil on his design and eventually sold it to none other than DeLorean, thus creating one of the most iconic cars of all time.
Jump ahead almost 50 years and Hyundai is now reclaiming the timeless design as the inspiration for the N Vision 74. 
So, you’d be spot on if you saw a lot of DeLorean in it because before the DeLorean was Marty McFly’s method of transportation
back to the future
, it was an unfinished vision at Hyundai.  
Continuing a string of recent design successes, Hyundai is hoping that the N Vision 74 can turn the company into one where its eye for aesthetics is taken more seriously. 

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