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Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 has become a conversation starter in the electric vehicle world. Its ’80s throwback design with hints of a Lancia Delta Integrale has won many admirers – even among the most loyal petrol-addicted car enthusiast.
To cash in on the hype, the Korean automaker doubled down on the Ioniq 5 with the N Performance version. Our spies first caught a prototype of the hot crossover with the hatchback taste test at the Nürburgring late last year, but how are things shaping up ahead of its official reveal? Let’s take a photo stab at what to expect.
The Ioniq 5’s Pony / Giorgetto Giugiaro build is a great foundation for a high-performance variant. Hyundai’s N division ups the ante with all the appropriate visual extras. It still has the best parts of the Ioniq, including the sleek parametric pixel LED lights, crystal-clear sheet metal, and the squared-back rear end.
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So, what’s the difference? Like other N-spec Hyundais, the Ioniq 5 receives a bolder front grille, front splitter and red-striped side skirts, wider wheel arch moldings and a large rear spoiler. It also sits remarkably low, with the larger wheels pumped outward for a wider stance.
Don’t expect a huge amount of change inside the cabin, with the main focus being on bringing a sporty look to the Ioniq 5’s lounge-like atmosphere. It’ll feature sport seats, a steering wheel, red accents, darker trim colors, and a plethora of ‘N’ branding.
Personal preference, but we hope the base car’s white instrument cluster bezel is ditched in favor of a nicer black paint job. Other goodies include alloy pedals, illuminated sill plates, N-branded floor mats, and Hyundai’s steering wheel-mounted, configurable N Performance mode buttons.
Reducing weight is vital to making a great handling, carry battery electric vehicle Many of weight. The Ioniq 5 N looks to get around this dilemma with a stiffer sport suspension, dynamic torque steering and low-profile, sticky Pirelli P Zero rubber.
While the underfloor battery pack helps lower the center of gravity, stopping all that mass requires a more serious and more powerful stopping power. Expect improvements in this area; For reference, the regular Ioniq 5 runs on 12.8-inch (325mm) discs.
The regular-spec Ioniq 5 delivers up to 320 hp (239 kW) at its most powerful. The N version will up the ante with the high-performance electric powertrain shared with sister car, the e-GMP-based Kia EV6 GT.
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While the numbers haven’t been confirmed yet, the 77.4 kWh battery pack will power its twin electric motors, pumping out 577 horsepower (430 kW) and 546 pound-feet (740 Nm) of torque. That level of gravity should be enough for the Ioniq missile to do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds, making it the first-ever fast N-spec electric product.
Compete and reveal
The competition for the Ioniq 5 N includes Ford’s Mustang Mach-E GT, Kia EV6 GT, Tesla Model Y Performance, Polestar 2, Genesis GV60 and Volkswagen ID.4 GTX. We expect an official reveal later this year, likely as the MY2023 offering (unless it’s delayed, in which case it could launch as a 2024 model), with pricing starting north of $58,000.
Does Hyundai’s N-Performance EV tempt you away from ICE alternatives? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below.
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