The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Performance EV will be coming in March 2024
Hyundai showed off the production Ioniq 5 “N” performance variant at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, releasing final specifications for the electric crossover and announcing its availability at US dealers in March 2024.
As previously announced in July, this new version of the Ioniq 5 was designed by Hyundai’s performance tuning teams under its N sub-brand. The engineers designing the 2025 Ioniq 5 N used Hyundai’s basic E-GMP electric vehicle platform, adding technology Motorsport learned from the automaker’s ‘spinning laboratory’ test vehicles such as the N Vision 74, RM20e and RN22e.
Hyundai includes features for familiar engine heads like N e-shift, which mimics the feel of a gas-powered car with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and N Active Sound-plus, which emits faux engine sounds.
The N’s exterior doesn’t look all that different from the regular Ioniq 5, but the subtle changes are certainly enough to make it attractive and distinctive. It includes N badges at the front, rear, and near the rear wheel well, plus you get an orange Spirit patch stripe in the center of both the front and rear bumper, an orange skirt, and a new front grille that allows for more airflow. The Ioniq 5 N is lowered by 0.79 inches, is 2 inches wider at the bottom to fit the larger 21-inch wheels and tires, and is 3.2 inches taller to accommodate the rear diffuser.
Hyundai revealed the car’s full interior as well, and it’s been enhanced with a host of N details, including a steering wheel and a peek out of the rear hatch for bucket seats. The seats feature reinforced bolsters, and there are knee pads and leg support in the center console to make sharp turns more comfortable. You also get USB-C ports and a wireless charging pad.
The Ioniq 5 N is equipped with a larger 84-kWh battery pack (compared to 77.4 kWh in the SE, SEL and Limited models), but Hyundai won’t share the drivable range until closer to launch. The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes and has a maximum charging rate of 238 kW.
The car has a two-stage inverter that helps push the twin motors to a maximum output of 478 kW (641 hp). This maximum power is achieved through a special “N Grin Boost” mode, which can be activated on the touchscreen or automatically when in power mode. The N can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.25 seconds.
The thermal management system has been upgraded to include independent radiators for the battery and motors, a conduction duct to move heat away from the cells, better engine oil cooling, as well as a battery cooler. Hyundai says the system “features higher resistance to heat-induced power degradation” compared to competing performance electric vehicles.
Because the Ioniq 5 N is designed for the track, it is further stabilized with 42 additional welding points and has additional adhesives holding the parts together. This gives the car more rigidity for track use and drifting. Hyundai says the N has “rally-inspired” handling and has rack-mounted electric power steering with a quick steering ratio and enhanced torque feedback. The electric car’s one-pedal drive system, called “N Pedal,” helps drivers into corners with strong deceleration force while still providing some energy regeneration.