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2024 Hyundai IONIQ 5 N | The most potent IONIQ

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has finally been unveiled ahead of its public premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Car aficionados have been waiting for it. It seeks to be just as enjoyable to drive as the brand's prevalent combustion-powered N models and promises to be more driver-focused than any of its EV competitors.

The new Ioniq 5 N has the same platform as the ordinary Ioniq 5 and draws on the knowledge Hyundai has acquired via the development of its RM20e, RN22e, and N Vision 74 mobile lab vehicles. It has an expanded 84 kWh battery pack and updated front and rear electric motors. Although this increases to as high as 478 kW (641 hp) in Boost mode, giving the car even more power than the Kia EV6 GT, the front motor produces 166 kW (222 hp), the rear motor has 282 kW (378 hp), and the two motors work together to provide 448 kW (601 horsepower).

The Ioniq 5 N can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and a peak speed of 162 mph (260 km/h) thanks to these astronomically high power statistics. The Ioniq 5 N's projected appeal, like previous N goods, is not found in the figures. The true magic happens when it engages the driver, and it excels here.

To begin with, to increase stiffness, the body-in-white structure has 42 more welding sites and 2.1 meters of extra adhesives. Hyundai also created a technology called N Pedal and reinforced the steering column. This software feature enhances turn-in and increases throttle sensitivity using technology comparable to the i-Pedal regenerative braking system. An N Torque Distribution system is also transformational with a fully variable front and rear torque distribution that can be modified to 11 levels. The driver may imitate the clutch kick motion of a rear-wheel drive ICE automobile with the N Drift Optimizer, which has an incorporated Torque Kick Drift mode.

The improvements continue after that. Hyundai has given the Ioniq 5 N its most potent brakes yet, which include 360 mm (14.1 inches) of rear discs and 400 mm (15.7 inches) of front discs with four-piston callipers. Regenerative braking now has more strength and can deliver 0.6 G of deceleration force independently. Additionally, it is claimed that the changeover between hydraulic and regenerative brakes is undetectable. Drivers can select between "Endurance" and "Sprint" settings in the N Race mode. While the second promotes peak power, the first minimizes peak power for longer track sessions.

The fascinating parts follow, including N e-shift and N Active Sound+. The first of these systems simulate the eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox seen in Hyundai's ICE N vehicles by regulating motor power output and mimicking the shock you feel when shifting gears. The Hyundai N's 2.0-litre turbo-four is imitated by the N Active Sound+ function's eight internal and two exterior speakers with the "Ignition" sound profile, the RN22e-inspired "Evolution," and the twin-engine fighter jet-inspired "Supersonic" theme.

The automobile has also undergone several aesthetic alterations. It is 20 mm (0.78 inches) lower, 50 mm (1.9 inches) broader, and 80 mm (3.1 inches) longer, as an illustration. The front immediately sticks out with its redesigned splitter, air flaps, and air curtains. The back, meanwhile, has a distinctive spoiler, a prominent diffuser, a triangular brake light, and, unlike the normal Ioniq 5, a rear window wiper. Standard wheels and tires are a pair of 21-inch forged aluminium wheels with 275/35 Pirelli P Zero tires.

The inside has also undergone a significant change. You first notice a brand-new steering wheel with several N buttons, including the N Grin Boost button. The centre console now has knee padding, and shin supports for track driving, and the car also sports new metal paddle shifters for the regenerative braking system. Standard equipment has improved pedals and N bucket seats.

At the vehicle's debut, Hyundai Motor Company President and Chief Executive Jaehoon Chang noted, "Hyundai N spearheads the technological leadership of Hyundai Motor Company." The most recent example of the N brand's successful fusion of technology know-how and racing expertise is the IONIQ 5 N, a game-changer for electric high performance that continues to push the boundaries of vehicle performance. Significant advancements related to this car will boost the future competitiveness of all Hyundai cars. This is the basis behind the N brand.

TopGear Magazine February 2024