Hyundai Trademarks “N74,” Rumours of a Production Model Fly Again

The sensational Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept, which is inspired not by the iconic DeLorean but rather the original Pony Concept from 1974, should definitely turn into a production model sometime within the next few years. At least that’s what we at The Car Guide and thousands of performance enthusiasts around the world are hoping for.

Hyundai describes the car as a “rolling lab” where engineers push the boundaries of electrified technologies to see how they evolve in performance and racing settings. This spring, after a Korean publication reported that Hyundai would give it the green light, the company quickly stepped in, saying the N Vision 74 was a one-off concept with no plans for production.

And yet, it’s been discovered lately that Hyundai has filed a trademark application for the “N74” name with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. What for? Is it just to keep rivals from using it, or is there something more in the cards? Hyundai’s management and PR teams won’t comment.

Photo: Hyundai

As a reminder, the N Vision 74 Concept is powered by the combination of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies. It features a 62.4kWh battery pack and two independent motors (one for each rear wheel). Total output sits at 661 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, which is remarkable.

As our colleague Louis-Philippe Dubé explained following the Canadian premiere in Toronto back in February, the interesting thing about this concept is that, although you can fill the hydrogen tanks in only five minutes, the car retains 800V fast-charging capacity to provide flexibility depending on the use of the vehicle—whether it be a full track day or just commuting to work.

Hyundai clearly isn’t afraid to make bold moves and raise the bar for performance—the 641-horsepower 2025 IONIQ 5 N unveiled in July is the best example. However, if the N Vision 74 Concept ever hits the road, it will obviously be toned down quite a bit.

Photo: wrd.wrld/Instagram

The picture shown above and a few others in the photo gallery at the top of the page are renderings created by graphic artist Brian Kim and posted on the Instagram account wrd.wrld. In our opinion, they beautifully bridge the gap between the concept and Hyundai’s neo-retro electric crossover.

What do you think?

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

NewsHyundai Unveils Giugiaro-Restored Pony Coupe Concept
Modern Hyundai vehicles are light-years ahead of the original Pony, both in terms of design and build quality, but the Korean automaker is not one to turn its back on such a historically significant car—its first production model—especially with the latter about to turn 50. This week at a special …
NewsOriginal Hyundai Pony Re-imagined as a Modern EV
In order to celebrate the opening of its new design studio in Busan, South Korea, Hyundai is hosting a special exhibition titled “Reflections in Motion” that showcases the evolution of Hyundai cars from the very beginning. It starts with a segment called "Heritage Series – PONY" which is a reinterpretation …
TorontoHyundai N Vision 74 Concept and RN22e unveiled in Toronto
The Canadian International Auto Show has officially kicked off in Toronto and Hyundai took the stage with two of its newest creations, the N Vision 74 Concept and the RN22e race car. While we got the chance to see the N Vision 74 Concept in Los Angeles during the auto …
Los AngelesHyundai Unveils N Vision 74 Concept in Los Angeles
Manufacturers are scrambling to offer efficient electric vehicles without compromising what their brands stand for. But it’s not an easy task. Hyundai has been putting a lot of effort into building a strong N performance brand in the last years, the Korean manufacturer needs to transport this division identity in …