The N division of Hyundai, after becoming known for the first time with the i30 N in 2017, is growing rapidly and the best proof we have an i20 N which is already on the market and a new Kona N postulated as the first SUV in this high-performance division. However, the next step for N is the same as for all other brands' electrification.
Sport version insight
The Ioniq 5 is a great starting point for an electric sports car to thrill the masses, and Hyundai executives have confirmed that they are working on such a version of their shiny new eco-compact. There will be those who think that such confirmation is useless until a test prototype of the future Ioniq 5 N is seen on the street and that is precisely what has happened in the last hours because our spies have just sent us some images of the most interesting of this vehicle.
The car that we have on-screen presents a series of notable modifications, although not so much in the aesthetic section but rather in the mechanical one since it has an extremely rigid chassis (as our spies report) and oversized brake discs. Hyundai Motor Group's 800-volt e-GMP platform is designed for maximum flexibility, with rear and four-wheel drive variants and even the opportunity to power external devices.
Executives have already been testing such architecture during its development process, reaching staggering powers. Albert Biermann, chassis assistant and head of R&D at Hyundai Motor Group, said last year that the platform will hit almost 600 horsepower on certain models. Therefore, the Ioniq 5 N is expected to have around 580 hp. It should be remembered that Kia has already beaten Hyundai in this regard as the new EV6 electric crossover debuted shortly after the Ioniq 5 with a 585 hp GT version, all-wheel drive, and supercar performance.
It will arrive from 2022
Hyundai has been experimenting with high-performance electric cars for years, the most recent version being the RM20e. It is not a racing car, but a rolling test bed for new technologies destined to end up in future production models. Some members within the N division see the 'racing midship' demo car as the catalyst for a highly performing halo vehicle for the high-performance brand for years to come. The Ioniq 5 N is expected to arrive in 2022.