Hyundai NPX1 concept is an even sportier take on the IONIQ 5 N

  • Hyundai has revealed a highly modified version of its IONIQ 5 N electric performance car, at the annual Tokyo Auto Salon.
  • The NPX1 showcases track-inspired parts for the IONIQ 5 N that owners will soon be able to install on their own EVs.
  • The wide range of parts on offer proves that the transition to EVs doesn’t mean enthusiasts will have to give up on modifying cars.

Pimp my EV

Hyundai’s N Performance Parts division has been producing optional modified parts for its combustion-powered vehicles for several years, but this is the first time we’ve seen their modifications showcased on an electric vehicle. The soon-to-be-available parts for the IONIQ 5 N range from a carbon front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear wing. Inside, you’ll find racing bucket seats and swathes of alcantara material. It’s not just visual parts on offer, as Hyundai will also sell you parts that’ll improve performance: including lightened carbon fibre wheels, performance brake pads, and lowered suspension.

Hyundai is not the only manufacturer jumping on optional performance-oriented parts for its EVs. BMW also offers a similar array of M Performance parts on its i4 M50 electric sports car. These prototype parts will be available in production form this year, so the exact shape and sizes of these parts could change.

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Speaking on the tuning part division’s expansion into EVs, Joon Park, Vice President of N Brand Management, said:

“In 2024, Hyundai Motor Company will take a step forward as a leader in new tuning parts suitable for the high-performance EV era as demonstrated with the ‘NPX1’ concept model. Not limited to tuning parts, we are also developing software customization such as sound and vehicle calibration by OTA updates which will open a completely new category of EV customization for an exciting future ahead for the tuning community.”

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