At its ‘N Day’ event in Busan, South Korea, Hyundai confirmed a high-performance ‘N’ version of its popular Ioniq 5 crossover EV, but when will it launch? Alongside the Ioniq 5 N, Hyundai also announced two other concept cars, including the RN22e that’s based on the newly-launched Ioniq 6 streamliner, and a hydrogen-powered retro sports coupe called the N Vision 74. While Hyundai announced a tentative launch date for the Ioniq 5 N, there’s no word yet on when (or if) either of the two concepts will ever see the light of day.
Hyundai has been late to the EV party but has been making up for lost time with the launch of multiple new models in recent months. The company launched the Ioniq 5 late last year and announced the Ioniq 6 earlier this year. While the former is a compact crossover SUV that competes with the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and Tesla Model Y, the latter is Hyundai’s first electric sedan and is expected to go head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3.
Hyundai has announced that the Ioniq 5 N will go on sale in 2023, although there’s no specific date for the launch. The company also did not announce any details about the car, including powertrain options, battery capacity, horsepower, torque, etc. What is known, however, is that it will be Hyundai’s first high-performance electric car, making it an important step for the company as it looks to fully transition from internal combustion engines to electric in the coming years.
While there’s very little information about the actual production car that’s set to be launched next year, Hyundai has revealed some details about the two concept vehicles that have no official production date yet. According to the company, the two concept EVs will be used as test-beds to refine performance and technology for future N-series vehicles. In terms of tech specs, the RN22e electric sports sedan concept is based on the Ioniq 6’s E-GMP dual-motor platform and 800-volt architecture. It offers 577 hp and 546 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly higher than the 321 hp and 446 lb-ft offered by the AWD Ioniq 6.
As for the N Vision 74, it is inspired by the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept designed by famed Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. In terms of specs and features, it is a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive hydrogen fuel-cell/electric hybrid concept with 671 hp of raw power and 664 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai also claims 0-60 mph acceleration figures of less than 4 seconds, but there’s no exact number for that yet. The car is powered by a 62.4-kWh battery pack with 800v fast charging. Hyundai also says that it would offer a WLTP range of over 600 km (around 372 miles) on a single charge.