The first fully electric car from Hyundai’s N label is immediately a particularly intense one. Meet the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, a hot-tempered, sporty top version that is lonely at the top with its 650 hp.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is traditionally a car festival where the petrol fumes enter your nostrils under the loud roar of the machines they come out of. Nevertheless, Hyundai has chosen the English car festival as the stage to present its very first fully electric N model. The Koreans are self-confident and that is of course not for nothing.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is armed to the teeth. Did you think it couldn’t get much crazier in this segment than the Kia EV6 GT with its 585-hp powertrain? Then sit down for a while. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has two together – hold on – 650 hp strong electric motors! Six hundred and fifty horsepower. That is 10 hp more than the absolute top version of the Lamborghini Huracán: the STO…
Fair is fair: the crazy Ioniq 5 N does not always have that power. You have to enable the N Grin Boost mode for it which is active for a maximum of 10 counts. Even in ‘normal mode’ though, the Ioniq 5 N is a hot hatch executioner. The front electric motor delivers 226 hp and, together with the 383 hp one on the rear axle, produces a system power of 609 hp. In the special Boost mode, the Ioniq 5 N squeezes 238 hp from the front electric motor and 412 hp from the rear one. In this Boost mode and thus with the full 650 hp available, the Ioniq 5 N rams to a speed of 100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds. Its top speed is a very decent 260 km / h for an EV. The N version is the only one of the Ioniq 5 family to have an 84 kWh battery pack and therefore not a 58 kWh or 77.4 kWh large one. How far does the Ioniq 5 N get on a full charge? That is not known yet.
More than fast in a straight line
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is the first of a series of electric N models and so it wants to make a statement with this very first electric N. Electric cars are often fast in a straight line, but are not necessarily dynamic fun machines due to their often relatively high car weight. Hyundai says it has done everything possible to make the Ioniq 5 N a real hot hatch.
Naturally, Hyundai cannot make the Ioniq 5 N feather-light. It has, however, considerably strengthened the base of the car. The chassis has 42 extra welding points and 2.1 meters of extra adhesive. The mounting points of the electric motors and the battery pack have been thoroughly reinforced and the front and rear subframes have also been reinforced. All this should make the Ioniq 5 N especially stiffer. Hyundai says it wants the Ioniq 5 N to give the driver a level of feedback that matches that of a lighter internal combustion engine hot hatch. The steering must also contribute to this, as it has been reinforced and the power steering has been adjusted in such a way that the driver should get a better picture of what is happening under the car.
Hyundai has further packed the Ioniq 5 N with new software and systems that should contribute to the dynamics of the model. For example, you can accelerate and decelerate the strongest Hyundai ever through an N Pedal-called modified variant of i-Pedal and throw it tighter into the corner. N Drift Optimizer is a true drift mode, a Torque Kick Drift system that simulates the effect of fully depressing and releasing a traditional clutch pedal of a combustion engine car. More technical ingenuity? The Ioniq 5 N has an eleven-position N Torque Distribution that regulates the torque applied to the front and rear wheels and has an electronic rear differential lock.
Appearance and interior
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N betrays its sporty DNA, like every previous N model, with its appearance. It is 2 centimeters closer to the asphalt, thanks to exuberant body-colored wheel arch extensions with air vents it is 5 centimeters wider than a regular Ioniq 5 and, thanks to modified bumper work, complete with a fierce rear diffuser, it is 8 centimeters longer. The rear spoiler at the top of the rear window is also a lot bigger than the one you will find on milder Ioniqs 5. The N signature triangular third brake light also finds its way into the first electric N-Hyundai ever. Interesting detail: the Ioniq 5 N is the only Ioniq 5 with a rear wiper.
The Ioniq 5 N is also overloaded with a series of Luminous Orange colored details. This orange color is reserved for electric N models. Hyundai parks the Ioniq 5 N on 21-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in wide 275/35 Pirelli P-Zero rubber.
Inside you are treated to sports seats, a series of N badges, and a special sports steering wheel with the necessary buttons to choose the many driving modes and to activate new systems. Soft cushions have been installed on the sides of the center tunnel to prevent you from returning home with blue knees after a solid game of steering. The sports seats are positioned 2 centimeters lower in the car than the regular furniture. Just like on the back of the Ioniq 5 N, you will find a checkered pattern on the door panels that refers to a finish flag.