The hotter version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 5 N has finally shed its camouflage, showing its hot N body in all its glory. We’re not talking about an N Line model here, but a proper N model which offers significantly more than just a sporty bodykit. I know, some of you are super excited to add one of these to your garages, but Hyundai is yet to share exactly when this hot electric SUV goes on sale. The company just says “Coming 2024”.
But in the meantime, let’s take a look at all the hoopla, starting with the styling. Speaking of which, the Ioniq 5 N transformatioN begins by adding sporty front & rear bumpers with air curtains, flaps, inlets, outlets and all kinds of crazy stuff you could possibly do with bumpers, followed by a larger split rear roof spoiler, side skirts with a flap, more dark elements (underneath the lights and grille), 21-inch forged aluminum wheels, and of course, red accents.
In addition to the Performance Blue Matte paint you’re seeing here, buyers can also choose from Performance Blue, Abyss Black Pearl, Cyber Gray Metallic, Ecotronic Gray Matte, Ecotronic Gray, Atlas White Matte, Atlas White, Gravity Gold Matte and Soultronic Orange Pearl options.
The aforementioned rims are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero tyres measuring 275/35 at all four corners. Braking duties are handled by discs measuring 400 mm at the front—gripped by 4-piston calipers and 360 mm at the rear—gripped by single-piston calipers. Notice that the calipers are painted red.
Hyundai also said that its N division’s engineers designed N Brake Regen, an N-specific region braking system developed specifically for the Ioniq 5 N. It is claimed to offer up to a maximum of 0.6 G decelerative force through N Brake Regen alone and remains engaged under ABS activation with a maximum of 0.2 G.
Other than that, the Ioniq 5 N also boasts a specially tuned N R-MDPS (Rack-Mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering) system with a higher steering ratio and enhanced torque feedback; N Drift Optimizer to maintain the drift angle; N Torque Distribution (adjustable up to 11 levels); an e-LSD (electronic limited slip differential) at the rear axle; electronically controlled suspension, and an N Active Sound+ for some cheesy ICE-like engine and exhaust sounds. And guess what? There’s also the N e-shift which is claimed to simulate an 8-speed DCT; it simulates a gearshift by controlling motor torque output and simulates the jolt feeling between shifts as well.
The newly designed N steering wheel prominently features the N logo for the first time, flanked by N buttons that allow the driver to customize driving modes. You can also notice the N Grin Boost button positioned at 3 o’clock for an instant grin on the driver’s face. And, those N bucket seats you saw above are positioned about 20 mm lower compared with the standard N seats.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Ioniq 5 N is an all-wheel-drive hot electric SUV, powered by two electric motors. The front motor offers 166 kW (226 metric hp) while the rear offers 282 kW (383 metric hp), bringing the total to 448 kW (609 metric hp). But then, if you hit the aforementioned boost button, the front and rear motor outputs are gonna spike to 175 kW (238 metric hp) and 303 kW (412 metric hp), respectively, bringing the total to 478 kW (650 metric hp).
The torque figures are yet to be disclosed. With boost, Hyundai claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 3.4 seconds. The official top speed is gonna be 260 km/h (161.5 mph).
The battery pack is gonna be 84 kWh, with range to be disclosed closer to the market launch date.