top of page

Alongside the U.S. debut of the blocky new Santa Fe, Hyundai has also brought its spicy new Ioniq 5 N performance EV to our shores for the first time. While we already have most of the details from its global debut last summer, we have now been told that it will hit American dealers in March 2024.





Compared to the regular, 320-hp dual-motor Ioniq 5 crossover, the N version delivers double the horsepower at 641 hp, and it rockets from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Stopping power comes in the form of larger brakes, which incorporate 15.8-inch front rotors and 14.2-inch rear rotors. Hyundai claims this is its most powerful braking system yet.


The Ioniq 5 N's electric powertrain has also been optimized for a variety of driving conditions. For track driving, the performance EV boasts a higher resistance to heat, which in turn reduces power loss from the motors. On the contrary, there's another driving mode that spews out all of the EV's power at once, offering better performance right off the line.




The Ioniq 5 N is not only much faster than the standard Ioniq 5, but it looks the part as well. Compared to your run-of-the-mill Ioniq, the N version sits 0.8 inches lower, 2 inches wider, and is 3.2 inches longer, and its plentiful black and red trim elements will ensure that you won't mistake this for anything else.


The interior gets plenty of upgrades of its own, and we're not simply talking about the extra N badges, though there are a lot of them. The N-exclusive center console is laden with knee pads to cushion the driver during hard cornering, and extra seat bolstering provides even more comfort on twisty roads. There's also a redesigned N steering wheel, which ditches the Hyundai emblem in favor of the division's stylized N logo. The new steering wheel also features a set of newly-mounted buttons, which are used to access custom drive modes set by the driver.





For those who lament the absence of a raucous engine or a multi-speed transmission, Hyundai looks to fill in the strange silence with various displays of trickery to mimic the combustion-engine experience.


One such feature is what Hyundai calls "e-shift" mode, which is built into the EV's single-speed direct-drive transmission and is meant to deliver the same jolts and vibrations as the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission found in some of Hyundai's gas-powered vehicles.


The Ioniq 5 N also impersonates the sounds of its gas counterparts, with fake shifting noises in the e-shift mode. There's also an N Active Sound+ feature that emanates the sounds of either the brand's turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine or a twin-engine fighter jet.


Image Credits: Hyundai
Revealed
Nov 23, 2023
 •

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Shows Off Its Spiced-Up Electric Powertrain In Los Angeles

The performance EV will reach U.S. dealers in the spring of 2024.

Alongside the U.S. debut of the blocky new Santa Fe, Hyundai has also brought its spicy new Ioniq 5 N performance EV to our shores for the first time. While we already have most of the details from its global debut last summer, we have now been told that it will hit American dealers in March 2024.





Compared to the regular, 320-hp dual-motor Ioniq 5 crossover, the N version delivers double the horsepower at 641 hp, and it rockets from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Stopping power comes in the form of larger brakes, which incorporate 15.8-inch front rotors and 14.2-inch rear rotors. Hyundai claims this is its most powerful braking system yet.


The Ioniq 5 N's electric powertrain has also been optimized for a variety of driving conditions. For track driving, the performance EV boasts a higher resistance to heat, which in turn reduces power loss from the motors. On the contrary, there's another driving mode that spews out all of the EV's power at once, offering better performance right off the line.




The Ioniq 5 N is not only much faster than the standard Ioniq 5, but it looks the part as well. Compared to your run-of-the-mill Ioniq, the N version sits 0.8 inches lower, 2 inches wider, and is 3.2 inches longer, and its plentiful black and red trim elements will ensure that you won't mistake this for anything else.


The interior gets plenty of upgrades of its own, and we're not simply talking about the extra N badges, though there are a lot of them. The N-exclusive center console is laden with knee pads to cushion the driver during hard cornering, and extra seat bolstering provides even more comfort on twisty roads. There's also a redesigned N steering wheel, which ditches the Hyundai emblem in favor of the division's stylized N logo. The new steering wheel also features a set of newly-mounted buttons, which are used to access custom drive modes set by the driver.





For those who lament the absence of a raucous engine or a multi-speed transmission, Hyundai looks to fill in the strange silence with various displays of trickery to mimic the combustion-engine experience.


One such feature is what Hyundai calls "e-shift" mode, which is built into the EV's single-speed direct-drive transmission and is meant to deliver the same jolts and vibrations as the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission found in some of Hyundai's gas-powered vehicles.


The Ioniq 5 N also impersonates the sounds of its gas counterparts, with fake shifting noises in the e-shift mode. There's also an N Active Sound+ feature that emanates the sounds of either the brand's turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine or a twin-engine fighter jet.


Image Credits: Hyundai

More From 

Revealed

2025 Acura MDX Introduces Styling Updates And Ditches Trackpad Infotainment

2025 Acura MDX Introduces Styling Updates And Ditches Trackpad Infotainment

2025 Buick Enclave Gets A Glow-Up And A Growth Spurt, Adds More Tech

2025 Buick Enclave Gets A Glow-Up And A Growth Spurt, Adds More Tech

2025 Nissan Kicks Breaks Cover With Blocky Looks And More Punch

2025 Nissan Kicks Breaks Cover With Blocky Looks And More Punch

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Shows Off Its Spiced-Up Electric Powertrain In Los Angeles

Sign up for our newsletter.

Get industry updates sent straight to you, designed to offer a simple glance at the motoring world.

bottom of page