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Is Hyundai about to unveil an N version of the IONIQ 5?



Hyundai recently unveiled two very interesting concepts in the form of a performance EV sedan and coupe. One is called the RN22e, which is basically a high-performance version of the upcoming IONIQ 6. The second concept is a Coupe based on two other concepts called the N Vision 74, and this one as a fuel cell powertrain. With all the love these concepts received when they were unveiled, Hyundai proved there is a place for performance EVs on the market. 


Since it came out, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 popularity hasn't stopped growing to the point where the waiting list is now more than two-years-long to get one. At this point, only Hyundai can only offer an even better version of the IONIQ 5 since the production is limited thanks to chip shortage and other various problems. Anyways, I think Hyundai would have considered making a sportier version of the IONIQ 5 even with the current situation.   


Not a Regular IONIQ 5


When Hyundai announced that it was going to reveal two new concepts last July 15th, everything was going towards an IONIQ 5 N. However, as you may know now, it's not what we've got. Instead, the Korean manufacturer unveiled the N Vision 74 and the RN22c. Of course, this is great, but it left us with the same questions about the IONIQ 5 N because a test mule has recently been spotted with heavy camouflage. This is no regular IONIQ 5 for sure. So it must be an N version or sort of one, but with don't know anything about it, or do we?


Thanks to the reveal of the RN22e and the N Vision 74, we now know what a high-performance EV could look like in Hyundai's lineup. Believe it or not, the Korean manufacturer gave us very precise data about the two concepts. This is a bit odd because you don't get much information about the technical aspect of a concept usually.


I doubt Hyundai would make a high-performance fuel cell vehicle any time soon, but the powertrain we find in the RN22e could easily make its way into a production model. In case you are wondering, the concept is powered by two electric motors for a total output of 584 hp and 545 foot-pounds of torque. This is more than your average muscle car and even more than some exotic cars. According to Hyundai, the RN22e can reach more than 250 km/h, and it's compatible with 800 V fast chargers. It takes only 18 minutes to get a charge from 10% to 80%. Also, the RN22e has a 77.4 kWh battery capacity. As I said, these numbers could easily be found in a production IONIQ 5 N, and I am convinced it is what is going to happen.


A Great Future for the IONIQ Lineup


The IONIQ 5 is such a great car. Many people fell in love with the Korean hatchback/SUV or whatever it is, thanks to its futuristic look and modern technology. The least we can say is that we cannot wait to see what is up next with the Hyundai IONIQ lineup, and I am sure there is a lot to come.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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