Spy testing of the new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N SUV Car News

Hyundai has pledged to offer electric models as part of its N Performance division in the near future – and what is considered a hot version of the Ioniq 5 has now been spy tested.

A new version of the electric SUV was pictured in action on the public highway near the Nürburgring, where the European branch of the N division is based.

While the electric vehicle shown features a relatively standard Ioniq 5 body, it appears to have lower ground clearance, wider front and rear axles, and low-profile sports tires that sit on new wheels.

Improved brake discs and calipers can also be seen. This makes it likely that the model will be a first mule of an Ioniq 5 N, although a possible production version would likely gain a new body for both aerodynamic and styling reasons.

Hyundai has already launched N-badge versions of the i20, i30, i30 Fastback, Kona and Veloster in the US market and has committed to expanding the N and N-Line model range to 18 by the end of 2022.

Hyundai previously presented a 799bhp electric RM20e concept that foreshadowed the future of N electric cars, while there is already an electric racing version of the Veloster N for the Pure ETCR series.

The N division is known to work on both battery-electric and hydrogen-powered models, including Hyundai’s recently launched Ioniq EV sub-brand.

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s first bespoke electric vehicle on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform and, as such, would be a natural fit for a top-of-the-line N version.

The Kia EV6 is also built on the same platform and will be offered in a premium GT version with a 577 hp Four-wheel-drive, two-motor powertrain, which could serve as the basis for a future Hyundai N machine.


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This notice was published: 2021-09-02 23:01:23

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