Hyundai Ioniq 5 N electric hot hatch confirmed – report

Spy photographers have already caught test cars on camera, now there is fresh information that all but confirms Hyundai is developing an even faster version of its first dedicated electric vehicle, due in 2023 or 2024.

Hyundai is working on a high-performance N version of its first dedicated electric car – the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N – new information uncovered by Drive confirms.

Details published by a Hyundai supplier found by Drive reveals a fast N version of the Ioniq 5 is in development – confirming what many already expected, following spy photos of an early prototype last year, and comments from former Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann to media.

Initial development of the new Ioniq 5 N was conducted alongside its twin under the skin, the Kia EV6 GT – vehicles which will share the Hyundai group’s E-GMP modular electric platform, and according to some rumours, many of their mechanical components as well.

Launch timing for the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is not known, however given the most recent test mules seen testing are in the early stages of development – with prototype wheels and suspension beneath standard Ioniq 5 bodywork – it’s unlikely the performance SUV will go on sale before 2023 or 2024.

Few details of Hyundai’s first electric N performance car are known, however it’s likely to feature a variation of the related Kia EV6 GT’s dual electric motors, which combine for 430kW and 740Nm, and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds.

Should the Ioniq 5 N carry across its sibling’s mechanicals, it would become the most powerful and quickest-accelerating Hyundai ever built, offering more than twice the power of a i30 N hot hatchback’s 206kW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.

Alternatively, the Ioniq 5 N could borrow its electric motors and 77.4kWh battery from the flagship performance variant of the related Genesis GV60, which develop 320kW and 700Nm in normal mode, increasing to 360kW in Boost Mode.

Spy photos have caught the first Hyundai Ioniq 5 N prototypes testing – though they are only early-stage test ‘mules’, with the standard Ioniq 5’s body clothing 21-inch alloy wheels, wider Pirelli P Zero tyres, a wider track, and new N Light sports bucket seats.

Hyundai executives have previously hinted the company is working on its first electric N performance car, but it was not assured it would be based on the Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV.

“Hyundai Motor Group’s electric vehicle platform, E-GMP [which underpins the EV6 and Ioniq 5] has tremendous potential. The first electrified N model will be based on E-GMP,” Hyundai’s research and development boss at the time, Albert Biermann, told overseas media in July.

Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest updates on the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, ahead of its overseas launch and subsequent Australian arrival no earlier than 2023 or 2024.

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