Hyundai will use its 2022 N Day to reveal a trio of new performance vehicles, at least two of which are electric.
Just what exactly the concept will be and will power it is unclear, with Hyundai only noting it’s “envisioning the future of N with legacy”.
It’s possible it could be a retro-futuristic concept and not an actual production vehicle, like the recent Pony and Grandeur Heritage Series – albeit clearly not based on any previous Hyundai.
There’s a sleek silhouette with an exceptionally long bonnet, while down back there’s a prominent rear wing.
Hyundai has given a clearer look at the Ioniq 6 N, with its rear emerging from a cloud of smoke.
The most immediately apparent change from the regular Ioniq 6 is the addition of an enormous rear wing, which could be adjustable. It replaces the regular Ioniq 6’s rather unusual, high-mounted spoiler.
Hyundai previously hinted at an Ioniq 6 N to Auto Express, with the company’s design boss SangYup Lee also saying, “I can make a great hatchback out of that; a shooting brake”.
There’s less we can make out of the Ioniq 5 N, though it’s finished in the performance line’s signature Performance Blue hue.
The Ioniq 5 N, which is expected to be Hyundai’s first all-electric N model, has already been spied testing, featuring unique wheels and arches and a lower ride height.
Documents viewed by CarExpert last year suggested production wouldn’t begin until March 2024.
As to what will power the Ioniq 5 N and Ioniq 6 N, the dual-motor powertrain of the related Kia EV6 GT, which also uses the E-GMP platform, is a possibility.
It produces 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque, offering a 0-100km/h time of just 3.5 seconds.
It’s unclear if the N models would offer more performance than the EV6 GT, though there may be more of a focus on track performance than in the sporty Kia.
Hyundai executives have said N vehicles can employ any number of different drivetrains, so long as they follow three principles: they must be a “corner rascal”, an “everyday sports car”, and have track capability.
While Hyundai hasn’t released technical specifications of the Ioniq 6 yet, the Ioniq 5 range currently tops out with a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain producing 225kW and 605Nm.
That’s good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds.