Hyundai N Performance EV Will Happen 'Sooner or Later'

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Hyundai’s N sub-brand will eventually have an electric performance model, so long as Hyundai/Kia engineering boss Albert Biermann gets his way.

Speaking to Automotive News about the future of the N performance brand, Biermann said the brand will begin to look at electrification in a few years’ time. The current crop of N-badged Hyundais, which includes the i30 N, i30 N Fastback and Veloster N, will make up the N portfolio until 2021 – at which point the company will begin to look at introducing new, more advanced N products.

“When we think of cars after 2021 for N, I think we cannot avoid electrification,” Biermann said. “We will have an EV sooner or later. It’s just a matter of timing.”

Biermann went on to explain how an existing Hyundai EV, such as the Ioniq Electric, could be easily transformed into an N model with a larger battery, bigger motor and different inverter.

“As an example, we have an Ioniq EV,” he said. “Were we to find a nice battery, a bigger motor and inverter, we could make an Ioniq EV N with a nice chassis and more power. Something like that is not fully crazy.”

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The former BMW M boss also revealed the N performance division is currently working on something special to show high-ranking Hyundai executives in Korea. Biermann could be referencing the mid-engine hatchback vehicle that was previewed by the RM16 concept. A prototype for this wild-looking mid-engine vehicle was first spotted testing back in 2016 and it’s believed Hyundai’s N division is still very interested in bringing it to production.

“There’s a car within the next two or three months that we probably have a chance to show to Vice Chairman Chung [Eui-sun] and our top management,” Biermann told AN. “Depending on what is the current mood and situation, we might get a spontaneous ‘OK, go for it.'”

The next product to arrive from Hyundai’s N performance division, the i30 N Fastback, will debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this fall. While the i30 N and i30 N Fastback won’t be arriving in North America, we’ll be getting the closely related Veloster N, which is expected to arrive in dealerships in two to three months.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Patrick Jackson Patrick Jackson on Aug 21, 2018

    Good for them. it'll make some poor soul feel like they're saving the world. as for me i'll take one that crackles and pops thanks.