The high-performance subdivision is finally turning its attention to EVs.
Over the past few months, we have heard rumors of a high-performance take on the brilliant Hyundai Ioniq 5. These rumors have essentially been confirmed by sightings of the Ioniq 5 N prototype undergoing testing at the Nurburgring, and to say that the EV world is frothing at the mouth would be an understatement. However, Hyundai has been remarkably quiet on the subject and has not given us much to go on. Fortunately, it seems that the time of testing and teasing is coming to an end, as Hyundai has officially teased its first-ever electric performance car. Or should we say cars?
The teaser material promotes Hyundai's N Day, which is where it will showcase its high-performance credentials and its vision for the future of such cars. 14 July is when we will see what is being unveiled, but thanks to those earlier spy shots, it's all but guaranteed that the Ioniq 5 will be the first electric recipient of the N badge.
However, we suspect we may get another electric N immediately, as teasers posted on Instagram have shown what appears to be a Hyundai Ioniq 6 with a large wing on the rear. Following the reveal of the Ioniq 6 earlier this week, we learned that Hyundai wants to build a shooting brake version of the new EV, as well as a hot N model, so this shouldn't be a surprise.
Whatever we are treated to, we expect it to handle and perform well, particularly in the corners. Hyundai N starts the above teaser video by showing a hairpin bend before reiterating its love for corners and then announcing that "soon, fun evolves." The question is, will the first electric N model power both axles or only one? After all, an AWD system is typically a lot less fun than a drivetrain that only powers one pair of wheels. We'll have to wait and see.
In addition, we can look forward to something from the world of motorsport. We know it's highly unlikely, but what if Hyundai is also teasing an entry into the Hypercar endurance racing series? Whatever it is, we'll bring you all the details in a little more than a week.