Hyundai is preparing to showcase the future of its N performance division at an event next week – powered by batteries.
Hyundai N has teased at least one concept car or prototype designed to preview its future range of electric cars, ahead of its full reveal next week.
Details of the model (or models) remain scarce for now, however one of three photos posted to Hyundai N’s Instagram account overnight shows a pixelated LED light signature and sloping tailgate shared with the recently-revealed Ioniq 6 electric car.
Affixed to the tailgate is a tall, fixed rear wing pitched at race track regulars, while the lower bumper appears to be new (with horizontal, rather than vertical light signatures), and the car looks to be finished in N’s Performance Blue paint.
The second teaser previews a car with a longer, lower two-door coupe body style than the four-door Ioniq 6 sedan – hinting Hyundai N may be preparing to show not one, but two concept cars, comprising a sporty two-door coupe alongside a possible Ioniq 6 N prototype.
However, mention of “with legacy” in the second teaser – alongside the shared “Envisioning the future of N” tagline – suggests the coupe pictured under a cover may be inspired by a past Hyundai model, or use a “legacy” petrol or diesel powertrain.
Either way, the teasers aren’t believed to preview what will become Hyundai N’s first all-electric production car, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N medium SUV – not expected to launch sometime next year, or in 2024.
While some online have suggested the third teaser image (showing a blurred-out car on a race track) is the Ioniq 5 N, the car’s arched roofline and sharp, straight shoulder line are closer in design to the Ioniq 6.
In a video released last week, technical advisor and former Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann, and current N division vice president Till Wartenberg hinted at the reveal of electrified models at the upcoming Hyundai N Day.
“With N we go to the next level, and the next level is electrification,” said Biermann.
“More than three years ago we started with some work in Namyang [on] how to make the EV more emotional,” he said, adding he would be driving a new “T car” the next day – before having his sentence intentionally cut off by Wartenberg.
“Not today, but I can promise you that we will tell you exactly which car will be electrified, when it will be electrified, and how,” said Wartenberg.
Stay tuned to Drive for full details on the new Hyundai N concept cars, once they’re revealed at N Day on July 15, 9am AEST.
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.