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Hyundai NPX1: where electric SUV meets touring car

Published: 12 January 2024 Updated: 12 January 2024

► New Hyundai NPX1 concept
► Revealed at Tokyo Auto
► Performance upgrades coming

This is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N NPX1, a car for those who think the Ioniq 5 N isn’t extreme enough. Revealed at the 2024 Toyko Auto Salon, it’s a concept model equipped with the brand’s forthcoming range of performance parts – and it looks like an unholy mixture of electric SUV and touring car. The parts will be available for purchase later this year,  and you can expect them to be just as outrageous as those on the Ioniq 5 N you see here. 

N Performance parts

Hyundai has been making performance parts since 2019, but are the first designed specifically for an EV. Have a quick look at the picture above and you’ll get a sneak peak of the new N Performance catalogue: on the outside, there’s a carbon front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, rear wing spoiler and lightweight hybrid carbon wheels. That’s a lot of carbon, but the Ioniq 5 N doesn’t really need much extra weight. 

Ioniq n performance parts

What you can’t see are high-performance brake pads and lowering springs, as well as an interior with added Alcantara and racing bucket seats.

Is it just for show? 

The kit you see here is, but Hyundai has plans to develop performance-enhancing products too.  Joon Park, vice president of N brand management group said: ‘Not limited to tuning parts, we are also developing software customization such as sound and vehicle calibration by OTA updates which will open a completely new category of EV customization for an exciting future ahead for the tuning community.’

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes