Hyundai Motor has just unveiled its inaugural high-performance electric vehicle (EV), introducing the N sport variant of its popular IONIQ 5 crossover SUV.
This exciting release marks Hyundai’s foray into the realm of high-performance electric vehicles, with plans to introduce more electrified N models in the pipeline.
The N brand signifies Hyundai’s commitment to high-performance automobiles, akin to Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M lineup.
Powering the IONIQ’s N variant are dual motors generating a staggering 641 horsepower, nearly double the power of the standard outgoing model’s most potent variant.
The grand unveiling took place in Los Angeles, just ahead of the highly anticipated Los Angeles Auto Show opening.
In an effort to captivate car enthusiasts who typically favor high-performance combustion vehicles, automakers like Audi, Porsche, and Tesla have been reshaping traditional EVs with sportier designs and robust components.
Stellantis, Hyundai’s rival, made waves by unveiling a concept electric Dodge Charger last year, leveraging the legacy of its iconic muscle car brand to attract EV-resistant gearheads.
The IONIQ 5 N is expected to hit an electronically limited top speed of 162 mph (260.7 kmph), although specifics about its range remain undisclosed.
Established in 1967, Hyundai ventured into the EV market in 2021 with the launch of the IONIQ 5 midsize crossover, built on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), tapping into the rising global demand for electric vehicles.
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