Hyundai has taken a notable step by submitting a trademark application for the name “N74” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), prompting speculation about the potential development of a new sports car. This move is seen as a nod to the eye-catching N Vision 74 Concept car unveiled last year, which itself paid homage to the iconic 1974 concept known as Pony.
The N Vision 74 Concept, unveiled in July 2022, garnered attention for its innovative features, including a hydrogen fuel cell and a dual-motor rear-wheel-drive powertrain capable of delivering an impressive 671 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque. The striking two-door concept, adorned with oversized rally-inspired white wheels, left a lasting impression.
The recent trademark application was initially brought to light by a user on the 7th Mustang forum, known as “eastang.” It aligns with earlier reports from May, originating from a Korean publication, which suggested that the groundbreaking hydrogen-powered concept from 2022 could evolve into a series-production two-door sports car named the Pony Coupe.
However, Hyundai has swiftly clarified its stance on the matter, emphasizing that there are no immediate plans to put the N Vision 74 show car into production. While there is confirmation of a one-off Pony Coupe concept in development, it remains strictly a concept, with no intentions for mass production.
Some enthusiasts have taken the initiative to envision a more practical iteration of the N Vision 74 (depicted in the gallery below), offering a glimpse of what could be, despite the official statement ruling out any near-future production plans.
Trademark filings are a common practice among automotive manufacturers, with numerous names registered. Not all trademarks lead to the emergence of a new car model; many remain dormant in a company's archives to safeguard against competitors gaining access to them.
As the automotive world speculates on the implications of Hyundai's “N74” trademark application, it underscores the ongoing interest in performance-oriented electric vehicles. Nonetheless, the mere registration of a name is far from a confirmation of a new car, leaving room for speculation and discussion among automotive enthusiasts. We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.