Offenbach, 2 November 2023 – Hyundai N's first EV, IONIQ 5 N, elevates driving fun to new heights, adhering to the three pillars of N performance – Corner Rascal, Racetrack Capability and Everyday Sportscar – by leveraging motorsport-bred technologies and years of electrified ‘Rolling Lab’ development. It heralds a new era of high-performance driving, redefining the thrill of electric driving on road and track (without compromising eco-conscious values).The journey started with a clear concept and vision. In 2015, N brand established its vision of a sustainable future for the next generation of driving enthusiasts by showing the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. N’s electrification strategy began with the RM20e prototype and Veloster N ETCR race car. In 2022, N brand introduced the RN22e, a rolling lab designed to communicate a transfer of N’s electrification experience to the brand’s first production EV, IONIQ 5 N.
Optimised EV platform: Setting new standards in the world of performance driving
Only Hyundai's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) could have enabled the IONIQ 5 N's unprecedented performance. Following the award-winning IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, IONIQ 5 N brings E-GMP to the next level, with two electric motors optimised for more power, torque and response, creating the basis for an electrified high-performance car that is truly ‘fun to drive’.
IONIQ 5 N’s E-GMP is the first to be equipped with Hyundai’s fourth generation 84kWh battery, providing stronger power output thanks to a two-stage inverter with increased energy efficiency, spinning the electric motors up to 21,000 RPM and delivering 478 kW / 650 PS with N Grin Boost engaged. E-GMP also gives it a low centre of gravity and even weight distribution to optimise driveability, while extensive reinforcements provide exceptional chassis dynamics.
Corner Rascal: Dual-motor AWD delivers rally-inspired cornering
To ensure IONIQ 5 N is a true Corner Rascal, the body and chassis reinforcements enabled by E‑GMP provide a higher torsional rigidity and direct steering feel, enabling rally-inspired, dual-motor AWD (All-Wheel Drive) cornering. The integrated drive axles (IDA) are applied both front and rear and reinforced to endure stronger electric motor torque while reducing unsprung mass together with the 21-inch forged aluminium wheels. Additionally, the vehicle features Rack-Mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) specifically tuned for the IONIQ 5 N with a higher steering ratio and enhanced torque feedback. These enhancements result in a more direct steering experience giving the driver immediate feedback.
N Pedal was developed as a solution to address the inherent weight and size of EVs.. This intelligent software function, found in IONIQ 5 N, is designed to provide instant turn-in behaviour and enhanced throttle sensitivity for a heightened driving experience. Drawing on similar technology used in i‑Pedal’s regenerative braking system, N Pedal prioritises fast and exhilarating cornering over energy efficiency. By utilising decelerative force, an aggressive weight transfer is created, resulting in sharper corner entry.
N Drift Optimiser helps to maintain the drift angle by balancing multiple vehicle controls responding to real-time inputs. The integrated Torque Kick Drift function allows the driver to simulate the clutch kick action of rear-wheel-driven ICE vehicles in a high-performance EV, for driving scenarios that require more immediate drift initiation.
N Torque Distribution provides fully variable front and rear torque distribution that can be adjusted to 11 levels. The e-LSD (electronic limited slip differential) at the rear axle optimizes cornering performance and control. Additional wheel sensors and broader damping capacity with increased damper size widens the performance range of the electronically controlled suspension.
Hyundai N publishes a captivating three chapter video series that unveils the development journey of the IONIQ 5 N and N’s three pillars of performance: Corner Rascal (Chapter 1, November 2, 2023, 09.00CET), Racetrack Capability (Chapter 2, November 6, 2023, 09.00CET) and Everyday Sportscar (Chapter 3, November 9, 2023, 09.00CET).
Disclaimer: CO2 and emissions data
- The Hyundai IONIQ 5 N is not currently available for sale. Electricity consumption and CO2 values for this model have not yet been determined.