The pictured Ioniq 5 test car doesn’t feature any camouflage but there are enough differences to raise a few eyebrows.
The prototype is wearing the stock model’s body, but the new set of wheels betray that this is a performance-focused variant. Behind the large-diameter rims, we can see the bigger brake discs, while the low-profile Pirelli P Zero tires are also wider than in the stock version.
The test car sits closer to the ground with wider front and rear tracks. It is also expected to have a stiffer suspension, something that was already noticeable to our spy photographers from the way it rode on the street. The production version will probably feature adaptive dampers, altering the ride/handling balance through different drive modes.
While we kind of love the “sleeper” look of this Ioniq 5, we are quite certain that the production Ioniq 5 N will wear a redesigned bodykit. This will likely include wider fenders, different bumpers, and possibly a larger rear spoiler, further distinguishing it from lesser variants together with the N badges.
In terms of power, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 could use the dual-motor electric powertrain already found on the Kia EV6 GT flagship. This offers a combined output of 577 hp (430 kW / 585 PS) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque which sounds perfect for Hyundai’s N Performance. Power is sent to all four wheels with the help of an electronic limited-slip differential, allowing a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of 3.5 seconds. In the Kia, top speed is limited to 260 km/h (162 mph), while the 77.4 kWh battery allows for a 252 miles (405 km) range.