Electrified performance models teased by Hyundai N division


A new range of electrified performance cars is on the way from Hyundai N, with the first details to be announced as soon as next month.

Ben Zachariah


Hyundai N looks set to announce its first electrified performance model next month.

Till Wartenberg, vice president of the N division – Hyundai’s performance arm – sat with figurehead Albert Biermann in a video posted online, with the two men hinting at the carmaker’s future direction.

“With N we go to the next level, and the next level is electrification,” Biermann said.

“More than three years ago we started with some work in Namyang [on] how to make the EV more emotional,” he said, adding that he would be driving a “T car” the following day.

While Wartenberg was quick to end Biermann’s line of thought, the ‘T car’ could be a prototype of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, which has been in development for a number of years.

These digital renderings by artist Theottle provide an early look at what to expect when the Ioniq 5 N eventually lands.

The fully-electric Ioniq 5 N is expected to launch in 2023, but it might not be the only model in the brand’s future line-up to receive some level of electrification.


“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,” Wartenberg said.

With the Kona in line to receive a Staria-inspired new generation next year, it could be the opportunity for Hyundai’s N engineers to develop a Kona N Hybrid.

Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest from the Hyundai N Day on 15 July 2022.

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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