Hyundai’s N badged Ioniq 5 spotted testing for the first time

Hyundai’s N badge is saved for performance variants of their mainstream cars, and the EV lineup will not be any different. Spy pictures suggest that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be the first to come out of Hyundai with an N performance variant of its own.

Design

The good folks at InsideEVs managed to click pictures of one such Ioniq 5 N, complete with exterior modifications that fall in line with the sporty nature of the performance variant. More specifically, larger discs and Pirelli P Zeros were featured on the car, suggesting, at the very least, better braking performance and better grip from the Ioniq. As the report points out, this is still a prototype, and Hyundai is using the current Ioniq 5’s body to run tests. However, we can expect extensive changes on the final model to make the Ioniq 5 look sportier, similar to the renditions of Kleber Silva (KDesign AG) featured in this story.

Hyundai Motor Group’s Kia already has a GT version of their EV6. Changes here include sport seats, adaptive suspension, 21-inch alloys and some aggressive visual tweaks. These could be mirrored onto the Ioniq 5 N.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N KDesign AG rear
The Ioniq 5 N could receive the same 585 hp motor as the Kia EV6 GT. Render: Behance/KDesign AG

Powertrain

On the powertrain front, the current top-spec Ioniq 5 is powered by two electric motors producing a combined 306 hp of power and capable of a 0-100 km/h time of 5.2 seconds. However, you could expect similar figures as the upcoming Kia EV6 GT.

The Kia EV6 GT, not to be confused with the GT Line, is Kia’s performance variant of the EV6. It is powered by a range-topping 585 hp motor churning out 740 Nm of torque and a 77.4 kWh battery pack. Top-speed is expected to come in at 260 km/h, and a sprint from 0-100 km/h should take 3.5 seconds.

According to the InsideEVs report, however, there may be marginal differences in these numbers. The equivalent model of Hyundai’s 306 hp Ioniq 5 in the EV6, despite the identical top speed and sprint figures, is 325 hp.

Featured image source: Behance/KDesign AG