As you might know, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5 is enjoying a good amount of success, and rightfully so, thanks to a perfect blend of retro-modern style and substance. But as you also might know, the Ioniq 5 story is just starting, as Hyundai is baking a spicier version called the Ioniq 5 N—which is currently being put through extreme winter testing at the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden.
For obvious reasons, we don’t have the full information just yet, but Hyundai wants you all to know that the Ioniq 5 N is gonna be an all-wheel-drive model, featuring the N Drift Optimizer—which integrates front and rear torque distribution, torque rate, suspension stiffness, steering effort and the e-LSD (electronic-Limited Slip Differential) system to create a driving mode dedicated for drifting. Apparently, this drift mode makes it fairly easy even for those who never drifted before.
With the e-LSD specifically tuned for Ioniq 5 N, the electronic control unit monitors input from wheel sensors to accurately identify when a certain wheel needs extra torque to enhance overall vehicle grip. That means e-LSD improves handling during cornering and high-speed driving on the racetrack as well as during adverse driving conditions, such as slick ice and deep snow, Hyundai explains.
The electric hot hatch also boasts N Torque Distribution that is optimized for different drive modes, allowing the driver to select the torque level for both front and rear wheels. N Torque Distribution and e-LSD work together to distribute power to all four wheels in varying ratios.