The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N finally adds a rear wiper
But with 641 hp, will it need it?
Hyundai has officially revealed the high-performance Ioniq 5 N. The first electric N gets up to 641 hp thanks to a new battery, and it offers other electric N features including preconditioning and regen. Oh, and it finally adds a rear wiper.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N takes the standard Ioniq 5 and gives it the N “Corner Rascal” treatment. It starts with a stiffer shell that has seven feet of extra structural adhesive and 42 more welds. Hyundai beefs up the motor and battery mount points as well as the subframes. The kind of changes you expect in a BMW M3, not an electric hatchback.
Hyundai fitted thicker axles and a new steering system with a quicker ratio and better feedback logic. The latter change is meant to add more steering feel.
The two motors combine to make 641 hp when N Grin Boost is engaged. 235 of that comes from the front and 406 from the back, and when you’re not in the 10-second go-fast mode you still get 601 hp.
Hyundai has gone all-out to manage the battery on the track and says the 5 N has better heat-induced power degradation management. There’s more cooling area and volume and a battery chiller. Plus you can use N Battery Pre-Conditioning to optimise the pack before a track lap. Track state of charge automatically calculates battery use with every lap.
There are N brakes, Hyundai’s most powerful braking system yet. 15.75-inch front rotors and 14.2-inch rear rotors are ducted for better cooling. The regen system has also been tweaked to help brake performance. N Brake Regen allows up to 0.6g of stopping and stays on during ABS engagement. It also allows left-foot braking for performance driving.
Hyundai has added N noises, with a fake shift feeling in case you’re still hung up on internal combustion performance. It simulates an eight-speed DCT and a number of different powertrain sounds.
The Ioniq 5 N gets special body bits and graphics. It also has pads on the center console for track driving and bolstered seats. The pedals have been tweaked to allow for two-pedal driving and to help make track use easier.
Hyundai hasn’t yet revealed its range, though it does get a new 84 kWh battery. Pricing isn’t out either, but it’s gonna be the priciest N yet. Expect it at dealers in March of 2024.