There are many things we love here at Autoblog, but one of the quirkiest is the mid-engined hot hatch, whether it's the Renaultsport Clio V6 or the Volkswagen GTI W12-650 concept. Unfortunately, we can never seem to get our hands on one – the former never having made the transatlantic journey and the latter remained strictly a concept. And now we've got one more to salivate over.

It's called, simply enough, the Veloster Midship concept, and Hyundai is unveiling it this week at the Busan Motor Show in South Korea. As you might have guessed, it's essentially a Veloster with the engine – a 2.0-liter Theta turbo four producing 296 horsepower – mounted behind the two seats. It's also got a lightweight aluminum suspension, a reinforced chassis and extreme aero to help that mid-mounted turbo engine do its thing.

The project was undertaken by the same team that developed the initial i20 WRC rally car, but unfortunately as Hyundai itself says in the press release below (released with the solitary image above), "The Midship is a concept only to explore possibilities for the Veloster chassis and is currently not related to any future production model." Which is a bit of a shame, but hardly a surprise.
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Hyundai unveils high-performance 'Veloster Midship' concept at 2014 Busan International Motor Show

- Veloster 'Midship' (RM) concept car revealed
- Mid-engined, two-seater Veloster, generating 220kW/300PS from 2.0-litre turbo engine
- All-new AG large front-wheel-drive sedan also unveiled

29th May, 2014 - Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, today unveiled the exciting 'Veloster Midship' (known internally as 'RM' or 'Rear Mid') show car at the 2014 Busan International Motor Show.

Developed by Hyundai Motor Company's High Performance Team - who also developed the i20 WRC in its initial form - overseen by Mr Im Sebin and Mr Hwang Injin, the two-seater RM concept is fully driveable and boasts the latest Hyundai performance technologies, including a turbocharged 2.0-litre Theta GDI engine generating 220kW, lightweight aluminium suspension, a high-rigidity chassis and a mid-engined (RM: rear midship) mini-supercar layout.

The engine is located behind the occupants and within the wheelbase, offering ideal weight distribution and handling balance through corners. The Midship is a concept only to explore possibilities for the Veloster chassis and is currently not related to any future production model.

Also receiving its global reveal at the show is the all-new 'AG' large sedan that underlines Hyundai's position as a manufacturer of premium, distinctively-styled vehicles. Displaying an elegant yet simple exterior, 'AG' continues the modern interpretation of Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, with a distinctive long nose, and a refined character-line that runs the length of the wheelbase.

This new front-wheel drive flagship sedan will offer quiet and sophisticated driving comfort, while adopting a series of advanced convenience features.

AG is expected to reinforce the premium image of the Hyundai brand when it hits Korean showrooms in the second half of this year. No decision has been made yet as to whether the AG will be sold in overseas markets.


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      turbo_awd
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'd be happy with just that 2.0 turbo 4 in the regular Veloster as my new "compact, around-town car"... As long as it's competitive with the Focus ST, etc..
      truewhiteboy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Heh, I'm humorously (and probably wrongly) thinking now of a Rear Engined, FWD Veloster.
        Justin Shaw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @truewhiteboy
        i don't think it'll be a mid-engine fwd hatch. It makes zero sense in my head why it wouldn't at least be rwd because I thought one advantage gained from a mid-engine layout is better traction at speed.
        sstowes
        • 9 Months Ago
        @truewhiteboy
        It's mid-engine RWD. This is slightly easier than creating a RWD from FWD since there's no driveshaft. The engine connects directly to a reversed transmission, connected to the axles. This is why Acura's old FWD Legend models had engines derived from the MR NSX. If you want a cool read, Google mid engine integra swap. It's some years old but still a fascinating project.
        Justin Shaw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @truewhiteboy
        i don't think it'll be a mid-engine fwd hatch. It makes zero sense in my head why it wouldn't at least be rwd because I thought one advantage gained from a mid-engine layout is better traction at speed.
        sstowes
        • 9 Months Ago
        @truewhiteboy
        It's mid-engine RWD. This is slightly easier than creating a RWD from FWD since there's no driveshaft. The engine connects directly to a reversed transmission, connected to the axles. This is why Acura's old FWD Legend models had engines derived from the MR NSX. If you want a cool read, Google mid engine integra swap. It's some years old but still a fascinating project.
      mehul_kamdar
      • 9 Months Ago
      Build it, Hyundai. The Veloster Turbo is a very nice car. This would be the icing on the cake. Love cars that are small, fast, maneuverable and fuel efficient . . .
      Indubitably
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm sure no one in Korea or here in the US is shocked...
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 9 Months Ago
      I feel shocked.
      flammablewater
      • 9 Months Ago
      Does it still have the steering feedback of a marshmallow?
      Carlos Soto
      • 9 Months Ago
      Big deal , back in the 80,s Honda show a concept rear engine CRX.
      Raymond
      • 9 Months Ago
      I own one of these pieces of crap and it is always in the shop. This car came out before they were really ready to release it. While it does handle well it has weird banks that it does when turning quick. The suspension bangs like heck over ruff pavement, and it creaks and rattles with a greater frequency as the temperature gets colder. Don't even get me started on the repairs like the clutch disk, on my dime, a/c knobs, three steering wheels because of pealing, driver door coming loose, drive shaft clinking because it was not bolted down completely, rear breaks dragging but at least that was a recall. While it was in the tested my glass roof which did not break with the ball bearing test. Should I go on or stop because this all happened during my ownership from 15K -30K certified pre-owned.
      Riyaz
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm going to out on a limb here and say that this platform is to test a mid engined rwd 2.0L turbocharged sports car that's in the works. Namely, that Kia GT-4 Stinger concept. Hopefully that thing will kick into production now that Hyundai is kicking the 2.0T Genesis coupe to the curb. Now there's no competition within for Hyundai/Kia
      Riyaz
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm going to out on a limb here and say that this platform is to test a mid engined rwd 2.0L turbocharged sports car that's in the works. Namely, that Kia GT-4 Stinger concept. Hopefully that thing will kick into production now that Hyundai is kicking the 2.0T Genesis coupe to the curb. Now there's no competition within for Hyundai/Kia
      Riyaz
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm going to out on a limb here and say that this platform is to test a mid engined rwd 2.0L turbocharged sports car that's in the works. Namely, that Kia GT-4 Stinger concept. Hopefully that thing will kick into production now that Hyundai is kicking the 2.0T Genesis coupe to the curb. Now there's no competition within for Hyundai/Kia
      BipDBo
      • 9 Months Ago
      SHOGUN! I've been wanting someone to do this for a while. I was hoping beyond all hope that Ford would give the mid-engine treatment to the Fiesta and actually bring it to production. I know it will likely never happen, buy if Hyundai brought this to production, they could drop the Genesis Coupe for all I care. They could also ditch the FWD Veloster and just replace is with a nice Elantra GT trim.
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