After seeing a mule of the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 N various times, this is the best look yet at the 5 N’s most potent variant in production trim. The Ioniq 5 is a great starting point for a hot EV to excite the masses, and our spies have now caught a prototype testing in Germany—equipped with an extremely stiff chassis (as the shooters report) and extra-large brake discs. Expect the Ioniq 5 N to arrive from late 2022 onward. Hyundai Motor Group's 800-volt e-GMP platform is built for ultimate flexibility, with rear- and all-wheel-drive variants and even the opportunity to power external devices.
Executives have already been stress-testing the e-GMP platform during its development process, reaching eye-popping power outputs. Albert Biermann, chassis wizard and head of R&D for Hyundai Motor Group, said in 2020 that the platform “will go almost up to 600 hp in certain models.”
Hyundai's been experimenting with high-performance electric cars for years, the most recent iteration being the RM20e. It’s not a racing car, but a rolling test bed for new technologies destined to end up in future production cars. Some elements within N division regard the racing midship demo car as the catalyst for a super-powerful halo car for the performance brand in the years to come.
It also makes sense that the new Ioniq 5 N will have around 580hp as Kia has already beaten Hyundai to the punch; the new EV6 electric crossover debuted not long after the 5 with a GT model. The EV6 GT comes out all guns blazing with 585hp, all-wheel drive and supercar-baiting performance figures.
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