Hyundai Ioniq 5 N spotted testing at Nurburgring

Max McDee, 03 July 2022

Hyundai has been teasing a performance version of its best-selling Ioniq 5 for a while now, but never really gave any specifics. The company even suggested that the N version was not of interest to its customers. It all has been just a game to put us off and spring a surprise launch - well, Hyundai almost succeeded.

Spotted at a recent, closed to the public, testing session at the Nurburgring was unmistakably a Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the performance trim that the company adopted letter N for. We have only a few shots of the car but it's enough to tell that this is not an ordinary test vehicle, this isn’t just a standard Ioniq 5.

Hello Hyundai Ioniq 5 N! Hello Hyundai Ioniq 5 N!

For starters it is obviously 4 wheel drive with torque sensing equipment attached to the car. Looking closely at the photos we notice it is running large wheels (at least 21”) with low profile tires. Since the Ioniq 5 N will share its drivetrain with Kia EV6 GT then it's likely running the same 255/40 R21 tire set.

Larger wheels and fender flares Larger wheels and fender flares

While looking at the wheels we immediately spot different fender flares - wider and bulking out to cover a clearly wider stance of the car. Although fully camouflaged, the front bumper is a little bit lower without any major redesigns or additional features. Rear spoiler is the same since it's already fairly large, the company didn’t see the need to make it any larger.

Another giveaway that this in fact is the N version of the Ioniq 5 are the seats. These aren’t just any sports seats fitted to a test car - these are the N sports seats as seen on the Veloster or i30.

Hyundai N sports seats clearly visible Hyundai N sports seats clearly visible

The final and clearest clue yet is the slogan plastered all over the car. It says “Never just drive” - with the N being unapologetically large. We love how Hyundai covers the car up in full camouflage and then makes sure that nobody can mistake this Ioniq 5 for anything else but the performance N version we have been waiting for.

When it will launch, the Ioniq 5 N will come with 585hp (430kW) twin motor setup we have seen in Kia EV6 GT. It will have the same 77.4kWh battery and we can expect the range to be around 400km as well. Since the two cars are similar in size and have nearly identical weight, the Ioniq 5 N should accelerate from 0 to 100kph in about 3.5 seconds no little thanks to its 740Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque.

Never just drive - Hyundai Ioniq 5 N at Nurburgring Never just drive - Hyundai Ioniq 5 N at Nurburgring

It will be the fastest and most powerful production Hyundai ever and the company is clearly taking its time to make sure the final product can comfortably wear that badge of honor. It used the Kia EV6 GT to judge customers’ response and to iron out any wrinkles in performance and as a result we should end up with a car that will comfortably sit among the best performance - combustion and electric - cars out there. From Hyundai. The same company that graced us with Pony (or Excel) only 35 years ago.



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