The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover is only available at dealerships, but Hyundai is set to launch a hotter version.
Our latest spy photos show a prototype for the Ioniq 5 adapted by the Hyundai N performance department.
Compared to the conventional model, this potential Ioniq 5 N has a lowered suspension, wider front and rear grooves, low-profile tires, and a new wheel design. Our spy photographer noted that the braking system was also upgraded from the production model with larger calip and rotor. The tester also seemed to go on a stiffer suspension, showing new shock absorbers and springs.
It’s hard to judge with the thick camouflage cladding, but it seems the Ioniq 5 N has a modified front with a new design for air vents. The interior is also equipped with front sports seats, according to our photographer.
The Ioniq 5 N should go on the same skateboard-style E-GMP dedicated EV platform as the Ioniq 5. The conventional model is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive thanks to a single rear engine or a combination of front and rear motors and the latter type is the best bet for the Ioniq 5 N, combined with the ioniq 5’s largest battery, in this case the unit is 77.4 kilowatt hours.
As for how much power is on the tap, the related Kia EV6 provides some clues. The GT level topped in the EV6’s range offers 576 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque, or enough to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The regular Ioniq 5 reaches 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft.
Look for the Ioniq 5 N that will soon launch as a 2023 model.