The Ioniq 5 N is the most powerful Hyundai ever, and based on the same platform tech as the Kia EV6 GT
We like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 here at Auto Express – so much so we awarded it our overall Car of the Year back when it launched in 2021. Now there’s a hotter Ioniq 5 N version, and it’s priced from £65,000.
To this point, Hyundai’s range of sporty N models consisted only of petrol models; the i20 N, i30 N and Kona N. The Ioniq 5 N is a different proposition altogether, however, with its all-electric drivetrain serving up 641bhp and 740Nm of torque.
We’ve driven the Ioniq 5 N in prototype form already and came away pleased with the car’s performance, as well as its engagement – something not many sporty EVs have managed to combine to date. Order books for the Ioniq 5 N are open now; priced from £65,000 it’s around £3,000 more expensive than its slightly less powerful Kia EV6 GT sibling.
Powered by an 84kWh battery, the Ioniq 5 N utilises a dual-motor set up to go from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds with the car’s N Launch Control and boost mode engaged. The Ioniq 5 N tops out at 161mph.
To help optimise stability in the corners, Hyundai has given the Ioniq 5 N a clever e-LSD (limited-slip differential) in the rear motor, with a torque vectoring system that features 11 different settings. There’s also a ‘Drift Optimiser’ which can help maintain balance in powerslides, and a ‘Torque Kick Drift’ setting that simulates an internal-combustion engined car’s clutch kick to initiate the slide.
The Ioniq 5 N comes well-equipped, with a heat pump, vehicle-to-load charging capacity, a wireless phone charger, powered bootlid, digital rear view mirror, remote park assist and five USB-C ports.
To help differentiate the Ioniq 5 N visually from the rest of the Ioniq 5 line up there are plenty of changes inside and out. Lightweight, forged 21-inch alloy wheels are bespoke to the N, and they’re wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tyres. A 20mm drop in ride height is combined with a 50mm wider stance thanks to the redesigned wheel arches. There’s also a new look to the front bumper with extra air ducts to help cool the battery, plus a lip spoiler painted red. The rear has also been tweaked with a big diffuser and a roof spoiler.
Inside the Ioniq 5 N there are new bucket seats upholstered in Alcantara and leather. An N-badged steering wheel with perforated leather also features along with plenty of chequered-flag emblems throughout.
Like the standard Ioniq 5, the N gets the same level of warranty cover – five years with unlimited miles, plus an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.
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