Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: electric hot hatch on the way

Published: 26 April 2022

► Ioniq 5 to the power of N
► Hyundai execs say they’re working on it
► It’ll be the brand’s first e-hot hatch

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 might be one of the most striking cars on the road today, and soon it’ll have the performance to match. We’ve got new spy shots that show a sportier version of the Ioniq 5 N testing, and they once again confirm Hyundai is working on a faster version of its sci-fi electric crossover.

The pictures follow intel and a batch of previous spy shots – but once again show an Ioniq 5 being put through its paces. Look at the lower ride height and low-profile tyres, and you can tell this isn’t just another Ioniq 5. Expect flared wheel arches and a more aggressive bumpers on the production version. Additionally, this model also has the ‘never just drive’ associated with Hyundai’s N division.

As for power? It’s possible Hyundai could shoe-horn in the same 577bhp configuration as its sister car; the Kia EV6 GT. Both use the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform after all.

Expect it to arrive from 2022 onwards.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: specs and performance

‘If you look at our strategy to offer more eco-friendly vehicles and moving ahead with BEV concepts, it seems realistic,’ HMG’s chief marketing officer, Thomas Schemera told us just a few months ago.

‘Could you imagine we weren’t working on one already?’ added a proud Biermann.

Hyundai Motor Group’s 800-volt e-GMP platform is built for ultimate flexibility, with rear- and all-wheel-drive variants and even the opportunity to power external devices.

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Executives have already been stress-testing the e-GMP platform during its development process, reaching eye-popping power outputs. Albert Biermann, chassis wizard and head of R&D for Hyundai Motor Group, told CAR in 2020 that the platform ‘will go almost up to 600 horsepower in certain models.’

Read our review on the new Hyundai Ioniq 5

There are currently no rumours in regards to power, but we’re expecting it to borrow the 580bhp-ish configuration from the pricier more powerful Kia EV6.

Hyundai’s been experimenting with high-performance electric cars for years, the most recent iteration being the RM20e. It’s not a racing car, but a rolling test bed for new technologies destined to end up in future production cars. Some elements within N division regard the ‘racing midship’ demo car as the catalyst for a super-powerful halo car for the performance brand in the years to come.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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