Hyundai has unveiled the highly anticipated 2025 Ioniq 5 N at the 2023 LA Auto Show, marking a significant milestone as the brand’s inaugural foray into the realm of electric performance vehicles. The sleek and powerful electric car is set to hit North American dealerships in March 2024, bringing with it an impressive array of features that aim to redefine the perception of electric vehicles (EVs) in the performance car market.
At the heart of the Ioniq 5 N’s prowess is its formidable powertrain, generating a jaw-dropping 641 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque in N Grin Boost mode, and a still impressive 601 horsepower without engaging the boost. This translates to a blistering acceleration, with the ability to reach 0-60 mph in just 3.25 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph, showcasing the model’s capability to compete with traditional high-performance cars.
What sets the Ioniq 5 N apart from its electric peers is its commitment to delivering a thrilling driving experience, not just in straight-line speed but also in the corners. Hyundai has undertaken significant enhancements to the vehicle’s structure, including additional welding points, structural adhesives, and upgrades to the front and rear subframes, electric motors, and battery mounts. Drawing inspiration from rallying, the integrated drive axles at the front and rear have been fortified to handle the substantial torque, resulting in a stiffer chassis that enhances agility and cornering performance.
For drivers seeking precision control and excitement in their driving experience, the Ioniq 5 N offers innovative features like the Drift Optimizer, ensuring a specific angle is maintained during slides, and the Torque Kick Drift function, simulating the sensation of a rear-wheel drive vehicle’s clutch-kick for exhilarating drifts.
Recognizing the challenges posed by extreme temperatures during intense driving, Hyundai has implemented cutting-edge thermal management solutions in the Ioniq 5 N. A sophisticated cooling system, including a battery chiller and motor oil cooling, ensures optimal performance even under demanding track conditions.
Bringing the Ioniq 5 N to a halt is Hyundai’s most potent braking system to date, featuring large rotors and four-piston calipers at the front, coupled with lightweight materials designed for optimal airflow. The regenerative braking system has been finely tuned, contributing to the overall dynamic driving experience.
Inside the vehicle, the commitment to performance and sustainability continues. The N-branded steering wheel with intuitive dials for N Grin Boost and driving modes, coupled with strategically placed shift paddles, reflects the driver-centric design. The N bucket seats, positioned 0.79 inches closer to the ground than the standard Ioniq 5, offer reinforced bolsters to keep the driver secure during aggressive maneuvers. The interior, adorned with eco-processed leather and recycled poly Alcantara, highlights Hyundai’s commitment to sustainable design.
Externally, the Ioniq 5 N receives a sporty makeover with black-painted bumper adornments, a prominent rear wing, and 21-inch forged lightweight wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. The Luminous Orange pinstripe accentuates the sporty aesthetic, creating a visually aggressive and distinctive look.
While Hyundai has yet to disclose pricing and range estimates, the Ioniq 5 N is expected to be priced between $60,000 and $65,000, positioning it as a formidable competitor to the Tesla Model Y Performance. With its innovative design, thrilling performance features, and commitment to sustainability, the Ioniq 5 N signals Hyundai’s ambitious stride into the future of electric performance cars.