Hyundai planning Ioniq 5 N electric hot hatch

Published: 13 July 2021

► 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

Hyundai's N division, after smashing it first time with the i30N in 2017, is growing rapidly. The i20N is already a winner in our book, and the new Kona N is the performance division's first SUV.

But the next step for N is the same as all other brands: electrification. The Ioniq 5 is a great starting point for a hot EV to excite the masses, and executives within Hyundai have confirmed they're working on a hot version of it's brilliant new electric car. Expect it to arrive from 2022 onwards.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: specs and performance

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.

egmp

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

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.

rm20e

It also makes sense that the new Ioniq 5 N will have around 570bhp. Why? Because Kia has already beaten Hyundai to the punch; the new EV6 electric crossover debuted not long after the 5 with a GT model. The EV6 GT comes out all guns blazing with 577bhp, all-wheel drive and supercar-baiting performance figures.

Hyundai executives on the new Ioniq 5 N

'If you look at our strategy to offer more eco-friendly vehicles and moving ahead with BEV concepts, it seems realistic,' says HMG's chief marketing officer, Thomas Schemera on the possibility of an Ioniq 5 N.

'Could you imagine we weren't working on one already?' adds a proud Biermann.

Read our Hyundai reviews here

By Jake Groves

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

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