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Hyundai Debuts New High Performance IONIQ 5 N Version

14th Jul 2023

By Chris Russon

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The wraps have come off the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N high performance all-electric car, with the vehicle making its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

With up to 641bhp on tap from twin electric motors, the car can manage 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed just north of 160mph.

Hyundai says the IONIQ 5 N signals the first step in N’s electrification strategy, with future electric N models to follow.

It is likely to be due for release early in 2024 and although prices are still to be confirmed they are expected to start at around £60,000.

Special performance features include N Battery Preconditioning, N Race, N Pedal, N Brake Regen, N Drift Optimizer, N Torque Distribution, N Launch Control, N Grin Boost, N Active Sound +, N e-shift, N Road Sense and Track State of Charge.

“IONIQ 5 N, was developed to take driving fun to a new level by utilizing the latest technologies available,” said Till Wartenberg, vice president and head of N brand and motorsport at Hyundai.

“Starting with IONIQ 5 N, N brand aims to deliver N’s signature fun driving experience regardless of petrol, electric, or hydrogen.”

“To accomplish this, we’ve closely monitored the voices of our N fans in order to fine-tune our first all-electric N with the goal of electrifying the driving passion of our most demanding N-thusiasts.”

Recharging from 10 to 80 percent from a fast charger takes 18 minutes, although Hyundai has yet to reveal the IONIQ 5 N’s range.

Although designed primarily for the road, the IONIQ 5 N has several track-based features such as launch control and an advanced drift set up.

There is also a specially tuned power steering system with a higher steering ratio and more driver feedback.

And to keep noise fans happy, Hyundai has developed a special sound system for the exhaust which emulates a combustion engine, while the car can also simulate the feel of a dual clutch transmission.

A specific brake regeneration programme has been developed which offers a maximum of 0.6G deceleration force – an industry-leading figure and one which allows for less brake force being applied to the mechanical system.

Jaehoon Chang, president and chief executive of Hyundai Motor Company, said: “N brand’s winning combination of technological know-how and motorsport experience is pushing the limits of vehicle performance, which has most recently resulted in IONIQ 5 N, a game changer for electric high performance. Key developments around this vehicle will further strengthen the competitiveness of all Hyundai models going forward. This is why N brand exists.”

Compared to the standard IONIQ 5, the N model is 20 mm lower overall, 50 mm wider at the bottom to accommodate wider tyres and 80 mm longer due to a more prominent diffuser.

At the front, there is an N Mask graphic facia with functional mesh along with air curtain and air flaps for extra cooling, while a lip spoiler runs across the lower part of the bumper to emphasize the car’s slow-slung stance.

The EV N-exclusive ‘Luminous Orange’ at the bottom of the black front bumper cover continues along the side skirts, giving the IONIQ 5 N a racetrack-ready look.

It sits on 21-inch aluminium wheels and at the rear, the prominent, N-only wing-type spoiler, along with orange-accented rear diffuser and air outlet, help control airflow to support optimal aerodynamic performance.

Inside, there are N-branded elements, including the steering wheel, seats, door scuff panels and metal pedals.

Prices correct as of 14/07/2023 and are subject to change.