Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: First electric 'N' model spied testing

Sister model to Kia EV6 GT will kick off Hyundai's high-performance electric line-up

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

The first-ever electric Hyundai 'N' car is on the way, based on the Ioniq 5. The South Korean brand's high-performance arm has been active since 2017, launching hot-hatch versions of the petrol-engined i30, i20 and Kona models to considerable acclaim.

Now, however, the N badge is set to be applied to the company's futuristically styled electric family hatchback. Under the metal, it's likely to use the same 577bhp, dual-motor, four-wheel-drive setup as the Kia EV6 GT and could boast similar performance figures, which include a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of over 160mph.

Exact details have yet to be confirmed, but the car has been spotted testing in Germany by spy photographers. Stiff sports suspension and huge alloy wheels with large brake discs are evident on the prototype, which wears an unusual blue-and-black checkerboard camouflage pattern, incorporating the phrase 'Never just drive'.

Given the nature of Hyundai's petrol-powered N models, it's reasonable to assume the Ioniq 5 N will offer a more aggressive and track-focused driving experience than its Kia equivalent, which technical adviser Albert Biermann has said is more of a high-speed grand tourer than an out-and-out performance model.

Although this will be Hyundai's first roadgoing high-performance electric car, the brand has dabbled with building quick EVs before, including a fully electric Veloster N touring car and a mid-engined prototype called the RM20e.

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