Hyundai showed off a production performance version of its Ioniq 5 “N” at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, releasing final specifications for the electric crossover and announcing it will be available in U.S. dealers in March 2024.
As previously announced in July, this new version of Ioniq 5 is created by the performance tuning team of Hyundai Motor’s N sub-brand. Engineers behind the 2025 Ioniq 5 N used Hyundai’s underlying E-GMP electric vehicle platform, adding racing technology learned there from the automaker “Rolling Laboratory” experimental vehicle For example N Vision 74, RM20e and RN22e.
Modern includes features For those who are used to driving Examples include N e-shift, which mimics the feel of an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox petrol car, and N Active Sound-plus, which emits fake engine noise.
The N’s exterior doesn’t look too different from the regular Ioniq 5, but the subtle changes are certainly enough to make it noticeable and stand out. It does have N badges at the front, rear and near the rear wheel wells, plus there are orange Soul patch strips in the center of the front and rear bumpers, orange skirting, and a new mesh at the front for more airflow. The Ioniq 5 N is lowered by 0.79 inches, wider and 2 inches longer at the base to accommodate the larger 21-inch wheels and tires, and 3.2 inches longer to accommodate the rear diffuser.
Hyundai also showed off the vehicle’s complete interior, which has been enhanced with N details, including on the steering wheel and in the rear opening of the bucket seats, which have reinforced bolsters, as well as knee and leg pads. Support on the center console makes tight turns more comfortable. You also get a USB-C port and a wireless charging pad.
The Ioniq 5 N comes with a larger 84kWh battery pack (compared to 77.4kWh in SE, SEL and Limited models), but won’t share driving range until closer to launch. The battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, and the maximum charging power can reach 238kW.
The vehicle features a two-stage inverter that helps push the dual electric motors to a maximum output of 478kW (641 horsepower). This maximum power is achieved through a special “N Grin Boost” mode, which can be activated on the touch screen or automatically started in the following situations: In start mode, the N can accelerate from 0 to 0 in 3.25 seconds to 60 mph.
The thermal management system has been upgraded to include separate radiators for the battery and motor, conductive channels to carry heat away from the battery, better motor oil cooling, and a battery cooler. Hyundai said the system “has higher heat resistance” and “results in a reduction in power” compared to rival high-performance electric vehicles.
Since the Ioniq 5 N is built for the track, it’s further stabilized with 42 additional weld points, and additional adhesive is used to hold the parts together. This provides the vehicle with greater rigidity for track use and drifting. Hyundai says the N has “rally-inspired” handling and features a rack-mounted motor-driven power steering system with a quick steering ratio and enhanced torque feedback. The EV’s one-pedal drive system, called “N Pedal,” helps drivers provide strong deceleration when cornering while still providing some energy regeneration.