We spied this Hyundai IONIQ 5 looking rather sporty in its N colors and the N slogan “Never just drive” making us believe that this could be the production N version and now we have more information about upcoming high-performance electric vehicle.
From the outside there are basically no visible changes except for the lower ride and the wider low-profile tires. The stiffer suspension and bigger brakes will help the Ioniq 5 N keep on track.
The wider tires forced Hyundai to add some small fender flares on the wheel arches as we can see even if they don’t really look production ready and will be redefined before the launch.
We think that the N inspired camouflage is hiding some sportier looking bumpers in order to match the exterior with the expected power bump.
Rear design of IONIQ 5 N still under camouflage
Power wise it could pack the 585 hp configuration that’s already been found in the sister model from Kia, the EV6 GT. That’s confirmed, but we have known that Hyundai N engineers are working in a more aggressive chassis tuning, so after they launched vehicles like i30 N or Elantra N, we have some hype.
According to an insider from Hyundai Motor Company: “You won’t see that much change in terms of the powertrain. However, the chassis will be very different, and we put a lot of effort into body control, especially the suspension part, through this model.” Next, it was reported that Hyundai Motor’s N engineers were known to have tried to set an electronic differential limiter (e-LSD) more aggressively than Kia.
Through this, we can expect that the IONIQ 5 N would exhibit similar driving performance difference as the i20 N and i30 N based on a much stiffer body and improved agility compared to its base models.
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