Since IONIQ 5’s release in 2021, the model has enjoyed praise from industry and customers alike for its combination of style and practicality combined with the efficiency and high-speed charging ability of its 800V E-GMP architecture. The IONIQ 5 family now grows further with the introduction of the IONIQ 5 N.
IONIQ 5 N represents the N brand’s future and a new way for high-performance enthusiasts to electrify their passion for driving on road and track. With DNA from the brand’s driver-focused N models, the E-GMP-based IONIQ 5 provides the perfect foundation to create N’s first high-performance EV. As well as demonstrating performance and handling in line with N’s traditional core values, IONIQ 5 N is also the first high performance EV to provide the enthusiast driver with an emotional, aural, and sensory connection to the vehicle.
The conversion from multiple award winning zero emission SUV into EV hyper hatch begins with enhancements to the body-in-white (BIW) structure with 42 additional welding points and 2.1 meters of additional adhesives, reinforced motor and battery mountings whilst front and rear subframes are enhanced for lateral rigidity. To enhance steering response and feedback, IONIQ 5 N’s steering column has been strengthened for improved rigidity with a specially tuned N R-MDPS (Rack-Mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering) system with a higher steering ratio and enhanced torque feedback. IONIQ 5 N also benefits from Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) that adapts suspension stiffness according to the drive mode to improve rear wheel damping and suspension, securing an agile and immediate response. To increase axle stiffness, Integrated Drive Axles are used front and rear.
IONIQ 5 N also features several technical enhancements over the standard IONIQ 5, with a powertrain enhanced for performance in both power output, battery cooling and braking. IONIQ 5 N’s electric motors spin up to 21,000 RPM providing up to 609PS in normal conditions, or 650 PS when N Grin Boost (NGB) is engaged, maximising acceleration for up to 10 seconds. Furthering its track capabilities, IONIQ 5 N also features N Launch Control, with three different traction levels for the fastest possible start.
IONIQ 5 N carefully controls heat induced power degradation with an enhanced battery thermal management system comprising of an increased cooling area from independent radiators for the battery and motor, revised motor oil cooler and battery chiller. The driver can also utilize N Battery Pre-conditioning to optimize the battery cells to the most power-efficient temperature by choosing between ‘Drag’ mode for a short burst of full power or ‘Track’ mode that optimizes the lowest possible battery temperature for more laps. Track SOC (state-of-charge) automatically calculates battery consumption per lap.
The N Race feature of IONIQ 5 N further optimizes the EV’s endurance on the circuit, giving drivers more direct control over the car’s energy usage and create an ideal performance window to achieve their driving performance targets. With N Race, drivers are given the strategic choice to prioritise ‘Endurance’ or ‘Sprint’ modes. ‘Endurance’ maximizes range on the racetrack by limiting the peak power, which results in a slower build-up of battery temperature, whilst ‘Sprint’ prioritizes power and provides shorter bursts of full energy.
IONIQ 5 N boasts N-tuned brakes, which represent Hyundai’s most powerful braking system yet. It features 400-mm diameter ventilated front discs with four-piston monobloc callipers and 360-mm rear discs. These brakes are constructed with new lightweight materials and optimized airflow for improved cooling efficiency. In addition, the regenerative braking system typically used for enhanced efficiency has been reinterpreted in IONIQ 5 N to enhance braking performance. It serves as the primary source of brake force, while the mechanical brakes supplement additional braking force when required, ensuring enhanced endurance on the track.
Designed to deal with the harsh braking demands of track driving, Hyundai N engineers designed N Brake Regen, an N-specific region braking system. It offers up to a maximum of 0.6G decelerative force — an industry leading figure — through N Brake Regen alone and remains engaged under ABS activation with a maximum of 0.2G. The risk of brake fade due to the EV’s relative heaviness is minimized by maximizing regen braking power, which results in lower brake force applied to the mechanical brakes, resulting in lower friction brake temperatures.
As well as extensive mechanical and software developments designed for performance driving, IONIQ 5 N’s exterior adds performance related design elements. The N model further distinguishes itself from the standard IONIQ 5 with a change of proportions. It is 20 mm lower overall, 50 mm wider at the bottom to accommodate wider tyres and 80 mm longer due to the more prominent diffuser. This impression is further reinforced by the forged 21-inch aluminium wheels that are wrapped in high-grip 275/35R21 Pirelli P-Zero tyres for improved ride and handling and better grip in track performance.
At the front, there is a redesigned graphic fascia with functional mesh along with air curtain and active air flaps for extra cooling. A lip spoiler runs across the lower part of the bumper to emphasize the car’s slow-slung stance and convey its performance intent. The EV N-exclusive ‘Luminous Orange’ at the bottom of the black front bumper cover continues along the side skirts, giving the IONIQ 5 N a racetrack-ready look. At the rear, the prominent, N-only wing-type spoiler, along with orange-accented rear diffuser and air outlet, help control airflow to support optimal aerodynamic performance. Integrated in the spoiler is a triangular N-only brake light. Below the rear hatch is an N-exclusive black bumper cover with checker flag reflector graphics.
IONIQ 5 N’s interior is optimised for track driving, with enhancements designed to provide both comfort, support and ease of operation. An addition of a centre console fitted with both knee pads and shin support designed to add driver bracing under hard cornering. Aside from driver support, the console also offers a sliding armrest, C-type USB and wireless charging and cupholders. New N bucket seats are finished in leather and Alcantara and have reinforced bolsters to provide lateral support during sharp cornering, whilst the seat frames are positioned 20 mm lower compared to the standard specification model. N emblems are arranged front and rear of the seat with welcome lighting at front, with the two-toned design theme of the bucket seats carried over to the rear. Additional new technology has been embedded with the Digital Centre Mirror which allows the driver to switch between a conventional mirror or a digital screen with a feed from a dedicated camera mounted under the rear spoiler for an increased horizontal rear view with a 50o angle vs the 20o of an optical mirror.
The newly designed N steering wheel is flanked by N buttons that set the desired drive mode. Driving modes can be customized and matched to each button in various combinations to maximize IONIQ 5 N’s fun driving spirit. The NGB button is positioned at 3 o’clock to allows instant and intuitive access, with steering wheel paddles optimally positioned at driver’s fingertips to control N e-shift and N Pedal features.
IONIQ 5 N is also the latest model to receive the updated CCnC Navigation system, featuring faster processing, new graphical interfaces and an N dedicated screen for N customer mode settings and data logging. IONIQ 5 N is also the first IONIQ model to feature wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Shared with IONIQ 5 Ultimate and Namsan models, IONIQ 5 N is equipped as standard with a Head Up Display (HUD) with Augmented Reality (AR) but with a bespoke N dedicated layout. Also shared with the high end IONIQ 5 models is a high level of standard comfort and safety equipment such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) and the latest suite of ADAS features such as Surround View Monitor (SVM) Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2).
Like the standard IONIQ 5, the N variant is built on the 800V Electric Global Modular Platform, offering ultra-fast charging compatibility and Hyundai’s pioneering Vehicle-to-Load technology (V2L). Similarly, sustainable materials are applied throughout IONIQ 5 N, including recyclable paperette door decorative garnish, BIO PET yarn from sugarcane, recycled PET yarn from recycled PET bottles, BIO TPO from sugarcane and eco processed leather. IONIQ 5 N also adds recycled tire pigment paint and recycled poly Alcantara seat cover cloth.