Unveiled on Wednesday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Hyundai’s debut electric performance vehicle, the 2024 Ioniq 5 N, may run on electricity but is designed to mimic the performance of an internal combustion engine (ICE) car. It’s built for both straight-line speed and cornering agility, boasting up to 641 hp.
This performance-oriented version of the standard Ioniq 5 electric crossover is equipped with a more robust battery, a greater power output, enhanced brakes, a sporty suspension system, a rigid body structure, and an array of tech features aimed at enhancing performance.
Powered by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup, the Ioniq 5 N houses a 166-kw motor in the front and a 282-kw motor at the back. They work together to produce 600 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque ordinarily, or 641 hp and 568 lb-ft with the N Grin Boost function, usable for quick 10-second surges. Hyundai claims the car can go from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds using adjustable launch control and can reach a top speed of 162 mph.
The motors receive energy from an 84-kwh battery pack, an upgrade from the standard Ioniq 5’s 77.4-kwh long-range battery. This battery pack benefits from extra cooling, with Hyundai even adjusting the battery temperature according to the chosen drive mode. For instance, in Drag mode, the battery is preconditioned to 86-104 degrees Fahrenheit, and in Track mode, it’s kept between 68-86 degrees.
Like its non-performance counterpart, the Ioniq 5 N incorporates an 800-volt electrical infrastructure capable of accepting a charge rate up to 350 kw, which enables 10-80% charging in 18 minutes.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
While the Ioniq 5 N doesn’t have a conventional transmission, Hyundai employs an N e-shift function to simulate the sensation of an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic by manipulating motor torque to mimic the sensation of shifting gears.
The vehicle is also designed to sound like a traditional ICE car despite not having any cylinders. The N Active Sound+ system employs eight interior and two exterior speakers to produce three distinct sound themes. The Ignition theme replicates the characteristic noise of Hyundai’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 engines, including the typical sounds of overrun. The Supersonic theme, inspired by twin-engine fighter jets, provides a futuristic EV audio experience, varying based on throttle position.
Externally, the Ioniq 5 N is 0.8 inches lower and 2.0 inches wider at the fenders, and 3.2 inches longer due to a new front bumper and rear diffuser, complemented by a rear wing. Up front, it incorporates an air curtain, three active air flaps, a lip spoiler, and an expanded grille mesh for additional cooling.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Structural and handling enhancements include additional welding points, more bonding material, reinforced motor and battery mounting points, and larger adjustable dampers. It also features a reinforced steering column with a quicker ratio for sharper responses. It’s equipped with wide 275/35 Pirelli P Zero tires on 21-inch wheels, accommodated by a wider track than other Ioniq 5 models.
The electric motors contribute to enhanced handling through an N Pedal cornering function which applies negative torque to increase front-wheel weight. Hyundai has also integrated an N Drift Optimizer to control power delivery for drift maneuvers and has included a simulated clutch kick function.
Braking combines 15.7-inch front and 14.2-inch rear disc brakes with the motors’ regenerative braking capability, offering up to 0.6 g of braking force. Hyundai notes that regenerative braking accounts for 80-90% of braking in city driving and 40-50% on a track.
Despite its added performance equipment, Hyundai has made efforts to minimize the weight gain of the Ioniq 5 N compared to other Ioniq 5 models. However, the exact curb weight has not been disclosed.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Inside, the vehicle sports metal pedals, knee pads on the sides of the central console, a new N steering wheel with mode buttons, and two-tone sport seats with reinforced bolsters. Both a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch central touchscreen offer N-specific readouts and over-the-air update capabilities.
Hyundai plans to release prices and details on the electric driving range closer to the vehicle’s launch, expected later this year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
What is unique about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is an electric performance car that has been designed to mimic the performance and sound of a traditional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle. It boasts up to 641 horsepower and has various features like a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system, a robust battery, enhanced brakes, and a sporty suspension system.
How does the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N simulate an ICE vehicle?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N simulates the sensation of an ICE vehicle through an N e-shift function, which controls motor torque to mimic the sensation of shifting gears in an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Additionally, it features the N Active Sound+ system that uses speakers to produce sound themes, mimicking the characteristic noises of a traditional ICE vehicle.
What is the performance of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N uses a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup with a 166-kw motor at the front and a 282-kw motor at the back. They combine to produce 600 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque ordinarily, or 641 hp and 568 lb-ft with the N Grin Boost function for quick 10-second surges. The car can go from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 162 mph.
How is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N charged and how long does it take?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has an 800-volt electrical infrastructure and can accept a charge rate up to 350 kw. This high-speed charging setup allows it to go from 10-80% charge in just 18 minutes.
What improvements have been made to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N for handling and performance?
Hyundai has made several enhancements to the Ioniq 5 N, such as additional welding points, more bonding material, reinforced motor and battery mounting points, and larger adjustable dampers. The vehicle also features a quicker steering column ratio for sharper responses and is equipped with wide 275/35 Pirelli P Zero tires on 21-inch wheels. An N Drift Optimizer and an N Pedal cornering function further enhance handling performance.
More about Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
- Hyundai’s Official Page
- Ioniq 5 N Reveal at Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Electric Vehicle Technology Explained
- Hyundai Performance Cars
- Understanding Regenerative Braking