The primary EV from Hyundai’s N division packs two electrical motors, 641 hp, and an 84 kWh battery pack
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After patiently biding its time for a number of months following the world debut of the Ioniq 5 N this previous summer time, Hyundai has unveiled the North American specification of its blazing mega hatch simply forward of the Los Angeles Auto Present. Whereas pricing stays unconfirmed, we do know that this high-performance EV is about to hit U.S. dealerships in March 2024, promising to inject some critical pleasure into the phase.
For probably the most half, the Ioniq 5 N heading to U.S. and Canadian shores is similar because the mannequin introduced for worldwide markets a number of months in the past. As such, it’s underpinned by the usual mannequin’s E-GMP platform, however the body-in-white has 42 additional welding factors and 6.9 ft of extra structural adhesives. Hyundai has additionally bolstered the mounting factors of the electrical motors and battery pack whereas additionally bettering the lateral rigidity of the entrance and rear subframes.
Energy comes courtesy of an enlarged 84 kWh battery pack that drives a pair of electrical motors. The entrance motor is sweet for 223 hp whereas the rear motor makes 378 hp. Mixed, these motors churn out 601 hp, and if that’s not sufficient, you’ll be able to interact the N Grin Increase mode for 10-second bursts, cranking the facility as much as 641 hp. That’s twice the muscle of the present range-topping AWD Ioniq 5, which gives a modest 320 hp from its dual-motor setup.
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Hyundai says the N mannequin wants simply 3.25 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) with N Launch Management and the N Grin Increase modes activated and tops out at 162 mph (261 km/h).
As with the usual mannequin, the automotive takes simply 18 minutes to cost from 10-80% at a 350 kW charging, capping out at 238 kW. No EPA-estimated vary determine has been revealed at this stage.
Intensive work has been finished to make sure that the high-performance model of the Ioniq 5 is match for the N badge and heaps of enjoyable to drive on a circuit. For instance, there’s a new thermal administration system, a battery chiller, and enhanced motor oil cooling. The Ioniq 5 N additionally has impartial radiators for the battery and motor.
Engineers have additionally developed a strong new braking system for the EV with 15.75-inch entrance rotors and four-piston calipers working alongside 14.2-inch rear rotors and single-piston calipers. A stronger N-specific regenerative braking system has additionally been developed that alone produces as much as 0.6 g of deceleration and stays lively even when the ABS is engaged.
You’ll discover loads of trick stuff happening with the software program too. For instance, the Ioniq 5 N consists of an N Race function that enables drivers to decide on between ‘Endurance’ or ‘Dash’ modes. The primary of those maximizes vary on the racetrack by limiting peak energy whereas ‘Dash’ unlocks full energy for shorter bursts of all-out efficiency. There’s additionally a Drag mode for brief bursts of acceleration and a Monitor mode to optimize the battery temperate for sustained high-speed laps round a monitor. The enjoyable stuff continues on the software program facet.
N e-shift mimics twin clutch transmission really feel
One of many Ioniq 5 N’s most compelling options is N e-shift. This method simulates the sensation of the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission present in Hyundai N’s ICE automobiles and has been paired with an N Energetic Sound+ system to seize the sound of a standard N automotive, too. This method additionally gives sounds to imitate that of the RN22e rolling lab prototype and one impressed by twin-engine fighter jets. Sound is piped by means of eight inside audio system and two exterior audio system.
The inside of the Ioniq 5 N can be fairly distinct from lesser variants. For instance, there’s a utterly new steering wheel with giant N buttons, and the sliding middle console has been ditched in favor of a set console with knee pads and shin helps to make sure drivers stay locked in place throughout quick cornering. Hyundai has additionally fitted new bucket seats, new pedals, and a redesigned footrest. There are additionally loads of sustainable supplies discovered all through, together with BIO PET yarn from sugarcane, recycled PET yarn from recycled bottles, recycled tire pigment paint, and recycled poly Alcantara fabric on the seats.
Consumers will have the ability to order the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N in both Efficiency Blue Matte, Abyss Black Pearl, Ecotronic Grey Matte, Atlas White, or Soultronic Orange Pearl.
Whereas pricing particulars are anticipated to be revealed subsequent 12 months, it’s price noting that in different markets, the Ioniq 5 N has been priced barely larger than the Kia EV6 GT, which has an MSRP of $61,600 in the US. For example, in Australia, the Ioniq 5 N instructions a further A$11,000 or roughly $7,200 above the EV6 GT’s price ticket. If Hyundai maintains an analogous pricing technique, we are able to anticipate the Ioniq N to fall within the mid-to-high $60k vary.