While the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is busy racking up accolades, engineers are working on a high-performance N variant.
Recently spied wearing checkered camouflage with “Never Just Drive” mottos, the Ioniq 5 N closely echoes the standard model as it features a familiar design with flush-mounted door handles and Parametic Pixel LED lighting units.
However, the model’s performance aspirations can be seen in the lightweight wheels that are wrapped in low-profile tires. They’re backed up by a beefier braking system as the front discs are significantly larger than the 12.8 inchers (325 mm) found on the mainstream variant.
The prototype also sports a reduced ride height and this suggests the car will be equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. There’s no word on specifics, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Ioniq 5 N features electronic limited slip differential software similar to the Kia EV6 GT.
Speaking of the EV6 GT, it’s headline grabbing powertrain could be shared with the Ioniq 5 N. While that remains to be seen, the Kia features a 77.4 kWh battery pack as well as a dual motor all-wheel drive system that develops an impressive 577 hp (430 kW / 585 PS) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque. It should enable the model to rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds.
Regardless of the final numbers, there’s little doubt the Ioniq 5 N will be far more powerful than the standard model which offers up to 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 446 lb-ft (604 Nm) of torque.
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