2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 N rendered

Hyundai is preparing to give its first dedicated electric car, the Ioniq 5 SUV, the N treatment. What about his second, the Ioniq 6 sedan?

Hyundai unveiled the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 earlier this week, as the second model in the company’s new Ioniq range of electric vehicles, alongside the sold-out Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV.

With the Ioniq 5 perched on showroom floors, Hyundai has handed it over to the brand’s N division to create a performance version, which will hit the market in 2023 or 2024. So what if a Ioniq 6 N would follow?

Hyundai has not confirmed whether such a car is in the works, but with the company’s chief designer British media tell the Ioniq 6 would be “a great performance model”, and the Ioniq 6’s E-GMP platform with plug-and-play powertrains, an N variant could be on the cards.

Pictured in here by Drives digital expert Theophilus Chinothe hypothetical Ioniq 6 N follows a similar visual path to its Hyundai N-series counterparts, with sportier bumpers and skirts, red accents, larger alloy wheels and an enlarged rear spoiler.

The tarmac wrap-around body kit includes a set of wheel arch extensions – designed to accommodate the super-sized 22-inch wheels wrapped in wider Michelin tires – while the triangular centerlight of the i30 N hatch here acts as a reflector in the bumper (like the i30 Sedan N ).

The N’s visual overhaul hasn’t forgotten the need to maximize electric range; the Genesis-derived wheels are designed with aerodynamics in mind. The N model also scores a larger version of the standard Ioniq 6’s ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler.

Beneath the sporty sheet metal would be a powerful drivetrain to match the looks – and thanks to the Ioniq 6’s E-GMP modular electrical architecture, there are plenty of options in the parts bin.

Hyundai has yet to confirm how much power top-end versions of the standard Ioniq 6 will develop – at least for a few weeks – although rumors suggest the twin motors and 77.4 kWh battery of the Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD, good for 239 kW .

For an Ioniq 6 N, the most likely option is the pair of upgraded electric motors from the GT variant of the flagship EV6, developing 430 kW and 740 Nm.

With the smoother shape of the Ioniq 6 and (probably) lighter bodywork, it could shave a few tenths off the EV6 GT’s 3.5-second 0-100kph time, for a nearly three-second dash. BMW M5s can scare and keep up with (some) Teslas.

Above: Early prototype of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.

The Ioniq 5 N is expected to use a version of this powertrain, so Hyundai could opt to give a potential Ioniq 6 N a little more grunt – possibly closer to 450 kW or 470 kW, creating a Hyundai sedan capable of 0-100 km/h starting with a two

To increase the speed would be an overhauled chassis, with adaptive suspension, the electronic rear differential lock, bigger performance brakes and stiffer springs and dampers to keep the body in control on the track.

A 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 N has not been confirmed for production – but such a model seems to be under consideration, says Hyundai chief designer SangYup Lee Auto-Express the Ioniq 6 “would also be a great performance model”.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines as a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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