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

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will soon spawn a high-performance Ioniq 5 N version that could use parts borrowed from the rapid Kia EV6 GT electric car.

This sporty EV is likely to be even quicker than the Skoda Enyaq vRS and Volkswagen ID4 GTX with power and acceleration figures more closely matching the Tesla Model Y.

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

Expect the N version of the Ioniq 5 to look a lot racier than the normal car

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.

An overhaul of the rear (standard car pictured) is certain, too

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 retain the standard interior (pictured), albeit with some sportier tweaks

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.

Tweaks will include part-bucket seats and some blue trim highlights, like on this Kona N

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.

The Ioniq 5 N will borrow bits from the Kia EV6 GT (pictured), meaning 585hp is possible

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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