The South Korean automaker describes the new Hyundai Ioniq variant as the “N brand’s first high-performance, all-electric model,” noting that it is equipped with wide range of advanced features developed to offer improved motorsport performance. Its electric motors combine to produce 600 horsepower, or up to 641 horsepower with its boost mode activated, while the vehicle is equipped with a new 84 kWh battery pack. Hyundai claims a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.4 seconds using the boost mode.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N EV is built with stronger construction to help it withstand the forces of cornering and other high-speed maneuvers. Hyundai’s engineers increased its lateral rigidity with two subframes. Its motor mounting, battery mounts, and steering column are reinforced, while the body includes 42 extra welds.
The automaker gave the latest Hyundai Ioniq variant sporty steering feel with the Rack-Mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering system, which offers a higher steering ratio. Software and a pedal system developed from regenerative braking systems will help maintain quick, agile handling despite the EV’s weight, Hyundai claims.
Various bits of advanced electronic control technology are used to distribute torque to maximize power and control, accelerate hard, and give the Hyundai Ioniq maximum performance. The vehicle also includes enhanced battery cooling to prevent overheating-related power loss during intensive driving.
Hyundai’s VP of N Brand and Motorsport, Till Wartenberg, was quoted as saying Hyundai worked to “fine-tune our first all-electric N with the goal of electrifying the driving passion of our most demanding N-thusiasts.” He also said the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N “was developed to take driving fun to a new level by utilizing the latest technologies.”
On a more serious note, Hyundai President and CEO Jaehoon Chang noted that the new Ioniq also serves as a test bed for EV technology to be used in future models. He remarked that “developments around this vehicle will further strengthen the competitiveness of all Hyundai models going forward,” concluding, “this is why N brand exists.”
The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is a direct challenger to the upcoming 2024 Chevy Blazer EV SS, an all-electric Super Sport crossover with an AWD drivetrain capable of developing 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque. With the Wide Open Watts (WOW) acceleration mode activated, the Chevy Blazer EV SS should jump from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
Meanwhile, Hyundai has not given an official release date for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, though a number of commentators expect it to reach showrooms sometime toward the end of calendar 2023.