2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N electric car spied in pre-production form


This is our best look yet at Hyundai’s first production electric N performance car, the Ioniq 5 N – due in Australia from 2024.

Alex Misoyannis


The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has been snapped testing in South Korea, ahead of its global launch next year, and first Australian arrivals the year after.

While past ‘test mules’ have used standard Ioniq 5 bodywork to disguise the Ioniq 5 N’s chassis, the test car in these images published on Korean social media (via The Korean Car Blog) is a pre-production model, wearing camouflage to disguise the Hyundai’s final form.

The black camouflage hides specific styling details, however highlights visible at this early stage include a bespoke N-specific front bumper with diagonal ‘cross bars’ and larger air intakes, ditching the standard car’s metal treatment.

A red stripe features across the upper LED light bar, joining new-design 21-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero tyres and larger brakes (with red calipers), and wider, smooth-finish, body-coloured wheel arches, replacing the base car’s metal-finish flares with indents.

Other exterior upgrades include sportier black side skirts, red accent stripes across the front bumper and side skirts, and a blacked-out ‘shark fin’ aerial. A larger rear spoiler is also expected.

Inside, the sports bucket seats seen in Hyundai and Kia’s latest performance cars – from the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch, to the Kia EV6 GT electric car – are visible, with illuminated N logos in the backrests.

Above: Past Hyundai Ioniq 5 N prototypes, testing under existing bodywork.

Specifications for the Ioniq 5 N – confirmed for a 2023 launch last month – are yet to be disclosed, however it may draw dual motors and a 77.4kWh battery from its Kia EV6 GT twin under the skin, which develops 430kW and 740Nm.

The EV6 GT is capable of a 3.5-second 0-100km/h time – but the Ioniq 5 N may go even quicker, given lesser versions of the Hyundai with the same battery are a tenth of a second quicker than their Kia equivalents.

Other highlights of the EV6 GT likely to be offered on the Hyundai include an electronic limited-slip rear differential, adaptive suspension, enlarged performance brakes, and unique steering and handling tuning.

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will be revealed in full – and launched overseas – sometime next year, ahead of an Australian launch expected in 2024.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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