It Seems Like Hyundai Is Working On A Performance ’N’ Version Of The Ioniq 5 EV

The clues in the images hint towards a performance-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 and will most likely feature the Kia EV6 GT’s powertrain

Its been almost a year since Hyundai announced the Ioniq 5 for the first time, and less than two months since, it was put on sale. But, it can never be too soon to offer you more good news when it comes to the Ioniq 5.

We already knew that Hyundai has big plans for the future. By 2025, the company wants to have 23 EVs in its lineup, and it looks like one of these 23 electric cars will be an N version of the Ioniq 5.

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Our spy photographers caught a rather sporty-looking Ioniq 5 wearing camouflage in the traditional N colors and the N slogan "Never just drive." Of course, this can mean a lot of things, but it can also mean there will be a production version of the Ioniq 5 N.

The prototype in the pictures looks pretty similar to the standard Ioniq 5. You can easily spot the Parametric Pixel LED design in both the headlights and the taillights, and also the now-familiar flush-mounted door handles.

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However, there are a few differences too. The car sits lower to the ground and features wider low-profile tires. It will be most likely offered with a stiffer suspension and bigger brakes for improved handling around the corners. Also, this prototype rides on wider tires, which forced Hyundai to add some small fender flares on the wheel arches. What the camouflage doesn’t show - and what we expect to see in the production car - is some sportier-looking bumpers at the front and back.

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The biggest mystery at this point is what will power the Ioniq 5 N. In its highest trim level, the base Ioniq 5 delivers a total of 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque from a dual-electric motor setup that will have a range of 256 miles. For the N version, it is rumored that Hyundai will borrow the powertrain from the Kia EV6 GT. This model is offered with a 77.4 kWh battery pack and a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive system - a combination that delivers a total of 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.

Right now this is pure speculation, but we should have more official information in the coming months.

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