It's likely to be the quickest Hyundai N model yet.
Hyundai's high-performance N division has expanded rapidly this year. We're familiar with the Veloster N hatchback but both a powerful SUV and a sedan are on the way. Of course, we're referring to the upcoming Kona N and the recently revealed Elantra N. Could the N badge soon find its way onto a fully electric Hyundai? Recent information indicates that this will soon be a reality, as Hyundai is said to be cooking up an N-badged EV based on the E-GMP platform. This platform underpins the stylish new Hyundai Ioniq 5, making it a likely candidate for the N treatment.
As our rendering shows, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N would be quite a looker. Compared with the regular Ioniq 5, the N version gets special badging, subtle vents on the edge of the hood, a rear wing, and larger wheels that share a design with the Kona N. The red detailing on the lower lip and side sills is a feature shared with the new Elantra N, as are the black wing mirrors. A subtle mesh effect has been applied to the grille. Overall, it certainly looks like a sporty EV.
As mentioned, the Ioniq 5 shares a platform with the Kia EV6. In GT form, the EV6 will produce around 576 horsepower and will take a mere 3.5 seconds to reach 60 mph with the help of all-wheel drive.
That kind of power and performance would certainly qualify the Ioniq 5 for the N badge treatment. In fact, it would be easily quicker than all of Hyundai's existing N performance models. An EV6 with wider wheel arches and sportier seats was already spied recently, so we expect similar sporty adornments for the hottest Ioniq 5 yet.
We expect the Ioniq 5 N to use a dual-motor setup. According to the WLTP cycle, the most efficient Ioniq 5 will have a range of close to 300 miles but the high-performance N model is unlikely to equal that. It should be a formidable rival for the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT so let's hope this is the hot EV that Hyundai is working on.