Hyundai has teased its upcoming Ioniq 5 N hot electric crossover at the end of a recent video on YouTube that promotes the technology behind its RN22e and N Vision 74 ‘rolling lab’ concepts.
As previously reported, Hyundai has confirmed the Ioniq 5 N will be unveiled in 2023.
It features a deeper and more aggressive front spoiler with more air vents at the front, with a wider track, wider fenders, and a lower ride height.
Although we didn’t get a look at the side or rear of this particular Ioniq 5 N in the video, we do know it has a roof spoiler and what appears to be a rear diffuser thanks to previous spy photos.
It’s unconfirmed what will power the Ioniq 5 N, but it could offer as much or more performance than the Kia EV6 GT while having more of a focus on track performance.
The Kia’s dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain produces 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque. Kia claims the EV6 GT can do the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.5 seconds.
Currently, the most powerful Ioniq 5 pumps out 225kW and 605Nm.
Due here in the first quarter of 2023, the EV6 GT features retuned suspension, upgraded cooling and a unique variable gear ratio steering system.
It also features an electronic limited-slip differential and Electronic Control Suspension with semi-active high-performance dampers unique to the GT.
While we expect the Ioniq 5 N to receive numerous tweaks under the skin, it remains to be seen whether Hyundai’s Australian engineers will make any tweaks of their own.
The regular Ioniq 5 didn’t receive any local ride and handling tuning.
The electric crossover recently received an update for 2023 which brought retuned ride and handling, with Hyundai citing wheel control, bump absorption and body control as being the key focuses for its engineers.
With the updated Ioniq 5, Hyundai promises a ‘perfect’ blend of ride comfort and engaging dynamics “no matter the road or road surface”.
Hyundai executives have previously said N vehicles can employ any number of drivetrains, so long as they follow three principles: they must be a “corner rascal”, and “everyday sports car”, and have track capability.
It could be followed by an N version of the recently-revealed Ioniq 6, which was previewed with the motorsports-inspired RN22e concept.