Hyundai N may have launched its first production model in 2016 and only last summer tackled electrification with the unveiling of the storming and technologically sophisticated Ioniq 5 N, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t acquired the habits of every interior designer. self-respecting house.
With this in mind, he presents at the Tokyo Auto Salon a prototype version of the above Ioniq 5 N, called NPX1, with even more “sharpened” those design features that “shout” performance.
While this isn’t a preview of an even more hardcore version of the 650bhp crossover, the NPX1 does sample a number of extras and equipment packages that will be available to future owners of the Ioniq 5 N and the electric Ns that follow. in case they want to make even clearer visually the possibilities offered by the N mark.
So, a not-so-close look at the NPX1 is enough to reveal the carbon fiber front splitter, the same material and more hollowed lower side sections, the rear spoiler and the not inconsiderable rear diffuser reminiscent of the extreme RN22e prototype which inspired many of the technological elements that the Ioniq 5 N incorporated into its palmare as a production version.
The NPX1 features that will be available to Ioniq 5 N owners also include a set of carbon fiber wheels, while the prototype is tipped to have an even stronger braking system and lower ground clearance thanks to a different geometry. of the suspension, an item that Hyundai customers will also probably be able to ask for extra if they don’t want to take advantage of the Ioniq 5 N’s crossover status.
The additions are completed by a set of Alcantara-trimmed bucket seats, while introducing the concept and the new range of performance components, Hyundai vice president Joon Park said: “the available enhancements are not limited to the new performance components as we are also developing a new range of upgrades which will be implemented with over-the-air updates and will open a new chapter in car performance improvements, offering an exciting future for tuning enthusiasts.”
What hasn’t been announced is how much each of the above upgrades will add to the price of the Ioniq 5 N, but that’s something that will be revealed in year two, when the full list of accessories and enhancements will be made available to future owners of the top-of-the-line model. of the Ioniq 5 N while it remains to be seen if there will be a similar option for those who will acquire one of the more “humble” versions of the Korean crossover.