585hp Hyundai Ioniq 5 N rendered and prototype spotted: price, specs and release date
September 01, 2021 by
A Hyundai Ioniq 5 N performance model is likely to join the range in the coming months. See the first photos of a prototype car being tested here.
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Performance rendered
- Official reveal expected later in 2021
- Sporty exterior enhancements
- Mildly updated interior expected
- Up to 585hp possible
- 0-60mph could be as low as 3.5 seconds
- Pricing likely to top £60,000
Read on to see the first images of a prototype car being tested and exclusive pictures that show what the finished car could look like.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 N spotted
These new photos give you a chance to see the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N before it’s officially revealed. OK, so Hyundai hasn’t fitted this prototype with any bodywork modifications, but there are some tell-tale signs this is no ordinary electric car…
For starters, check out those alloy wheels. They’re a completely different (probably much lighter) design from the ones on the standard Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the brakes behind them appear larger, too.
Unlike the standard Ioniq 5, which comes with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, this new prototype is fitted with Pirelli P Zero tyres – the sort of thing you’d usually find on high-performance sports cars and hot hatches.
The whole car appears to sit on lower suspension than the standard Ioniq 5, too.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 N design
When the finished Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is revealed, you can expect it to look similar to the rendering, above. It’ll take on typical styling cues of the N performance brand, including the signature Performance Blue paint finish and red trim highlights.
This render imagines the Ioniq 5 N with a more aggressive bumper and larger alloy wheels, though it will retain the eye-catching strakes on the wheel arches.
The back of the car is likely to continue the racier look, with a diffuser possible, though don’t expect any large exhaust exit of course — this is an electric car, after all.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 N interior
The Ioniq 5 N will quite likely offer a very similar cabin layout to the standard Ioniq 5. This is no bad thing because even the standard Ioniq 5 offers a space age-looking interior with two 12-inch infotainment screens and a clean minimalist feel across the dashboard and door trims.
The lack of a traditional centre console enhances the feeling of spaciousness as does the large panoramic sunroof which should come as standard on the top-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.
Unique interior materials, more heavily bolstered front seats and a generous sprinkling of N Performance logos should further differentiate the Ioniq 5 N from less powerful models.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 N motors and performance
Take a look at the Ioniq 5 in this video
The standard Ioniq 5 model will be available with two- or four-wheel drive, and with various motor options producing between 170hp and 306hp, meaning the most powerful cars are a close match for the likes of the Volkswagen ID4 GTX and Skoda Enyaq vRS.
The upcoming Ioniq 5 N will up the ante even further with motor and battery components borrowed from the new Kia EV6 GT.
This means Hyundai’s first high-performance electric car could produce 585hp from a dual-motor setup and boast a 0-60mph time of just 3.5-seconds — matching the EV6 GT. That kind of performance is right in line with the Tesla Model Y Performance, which should come to the UK in 2022.
If the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N does make use of this powerful setup it should also incorporate the electronic limited-slip differential from the Kia EV6 GT as well as an adaptive suspension setup with various settings for more comfortable or sportier driving.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 N batteries and range
Whereas the standard Ioniq 5 is offered in Standard Range (58kWh) and Long Range (72.6kWh) flavours, the Ioniq 5 N should be available exclusively with the larger battery pack.
In the regular Ioniq 5 this larger battery provides up to 300 miles of range, the Ioniq 5 N is unlikely to match this figure thanks to all that extra power on offer.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 N price and release date
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has just been revealed with prices ranging from just below £37,000 to over £48,000. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Performance, however, will likely set you back closer to the £58,000 asking price of the mechanically related Kia EV6 GT. Don’t expect order books to open until 2022, however.
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