And this time it’s all for real, unlike Hyundai Germany’s April 1st photoshopped efforts to portray the eight-seat minibus as destroyer of the Nurburgring – the track that provides the letter N for all Hyundai’s sportiest offerings.
Impressed by the joke, and inspired by unlikely vehicles powered by huge engines of the past – most memorably the Ford Transit Supervan and the Renault Espace F1 – a Hyundai Australia skunkworks team took their European colleagues at their word and actually made the thing.
That required, ahem, a bit of work. Out went the diesel lump and in came a 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 with 400PS and 555Nm of torque. All of that power goes through an eight-speed automatic ‘box to the rear wheels only. But – as the video shows – there is a clever limited slip diff there working overtime to keep all that power from spinning away. The dampers are electronically controlled, the wheels, tyres and brakes all upgraded to N spec and there’s a bespoke aero kit fitted.