Unpopular opinion: The Hyundai Grandeur is beautiful

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of an ‘elektromod’, a classic car with a brand-new electric powertrain, and the way I see it, there are a couple of obvious advantages and a couple of equally obvious drawbacks.

By installing an electric powertrain in lieu of the existing ICE, you’re clearly diluting the spiritual value – I’m not sure that’s the best definition but it’s close enough – and the heritage of the car in question, but at the same time you’re making it a lot more real world-friendly.

Hyundai has recently joined the bandwagon with the electric Grandeur, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the car.

This is fundamentally a brand-new car, actually. Basically built from scratch, with custom made exterior and interior, designed as a nod to the 1980s.

The seats are upholstered in velour, which is what you want from an 80s car, but there are also leather inserts and a modern infotainment platform with an 18-speaker audio system.

Unfortunately, Hyundai hasn’t actually said what this beaut is powered by, but I’m assuming it’s a generic battery pack, with a power output between 150 and 250 hp, and a range between 150 and 250 miles.

Maybe. But it doesn’t matter anyway, because this is, in theory, not for sale. It should be.

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