Hyundai has been on a roll lately, launching new models and sub-brands that appeal to a wide range of customers. One of the most exciting additions to its lineup is the Ioniq 5, a futuristic-looking electric crossover that combines retro design cues with cutting-edge technology. But Hyundai is not content with just making a stylish and practical EV. It also wants to make a fun and fast one. That's why it created the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, a high-performance version of the Ioniq 5 that promises to deliver thrilling driving dynamics and impressive acceleration.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is the first electric model to wear the N badge, which stands for Namyang, Hyundai's global R&D center, and Nürburgring, the famous racetrack where Hyundai tests its performance cars. The N brand represents Hyundai's commitment to creating cars that are not only powerful and agile but also engaging and emotional. The Ioniq 5 N aims to prove that electric cars can be just as fun as gasoline ones, if not more.

What Makes the Ioniq 5 N Different?

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is based on the same platform as the regular Ioniq 5, which is called E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). This platform is designed specifically for electric vehicles and offers several advantages, such as a long wheelbase, a flat floor, a spacious cabin, and a low center of gravity. The E-GMP also allows for various battery and motor configurations, enabling different levels of performance and range.

The Ioniq 5 N takes advantage of this flexibility by equipping two electric motors, one on each axle, that produce a combined output of 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. This makes it the most powerful Ioniq 5 variant available, surpassing the dual-motor long-range version that has 302 hp and 446 lb-ft. The Ioniq 5 N also uses a larger battery pack than the regular Ioniq 5, with a capacity of 77.4 kilowatt-hours (kWh), compared to 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh for the other models.

Thanks to this potent combination of motors and battery, the Ioniq 5 N can sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds, making it one of the quickest electric crossovers on the market. For comparison, the dual-motor long-range Ioniq 5 takes 5.4 seconds to reach the same speed, while the single-motor long-range version takes 7.4 seconds. The Ioniq 5 N also has a top speed of 155 mph, which is higher than the regular Ioniq 5's limit of 115 mph.

But the Ioniq 5 N is not just about straight-line speed. It also has several features that enhance its handling and stability, such as an electronic limited-slip differential (e-LSD), which distributes torque between the rear wheels according to driving conditions; an adaptive suspension system, which adjusts the damping force of each shock absorber individually; and a variable steering ratio, which changes the steering response depending on the speed and driving mode.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N also comes with five driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport+, and Custom. These modes alter various parameters, such as throttle response, steering feel, suspension stiffness, e-LSD intervention, brake regeneration, and stability control. The Sport+ mode is exclusive to the Ioniq 5 N and offers the most aggressive settings for maximum performance. The Custom mode allows drivers to personalize their preferences for each parameter.

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How Does the Ioniq 5 N Look?

The Ioniq 5 N is not only faster and sharper than the regular Ioniq 5 but also more distinctive and sporty. It has several design elements that set it apart from its siblings, such as a larger front grille with an N logo; a front splitter and side skirts that reduce lift; a rear spoiler and diffuser that improve aerodynamics; red accents on the bumpers and side mirrors that contrast with the body color; and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels with a dark gray finish and red brake calipers.

The interior of the Ioniq 5 N also reflects its performance-oriented character, with sporty seats that offer more support and comfort; an N steering wheel with paddle shifters and drive mode buttons; an N gear selector with a red stripe; metal pedals with rubber inserts; red stitching and piping on the seats, door panels, and dashboard; and an N logo on the headrests, steering wheel, gear selector, and door sills.

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N also features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which display various information and functions related to the N mode, such as a lap timer, a G-force meter, a power meter, and a battery temperature gauge. The infotainment system also supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Hyundai's Bluelink-connected car services.

How Much Does the Ioniq 5 N Cost?

The Ioniq 5 N is expected to go on sale in the US in the second half of 2024, following its debut in Europe and Korea in 2023. Hyundai has not announced the official pricing for the Ioniq 5 N yet, but it is likely to be more expensive than the regular Ioniq 5, which starts at $40,275 for the single-motor standard-range version and goes up to $54,500 for the dual-motor long-range version with the Limited trim. The Ioniq 5 N could cost around $60,000, which would make it competitive with other high-performance electric crossovers, such as the Tesla Model Y Performance and the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is part of Hyundai's ambitious plan to expand its electric vehicle portfolio and its performance sub-brand. The company aims to launch 23 EVs by 2025, including three more N models based on the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan, and the Hyundai Ioniq 7 large SUV. The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is the first of these to be revealed, and it sets a high bar for the others to follow. It is a car that combines the best of both worlds: the efficiency and sustainability of an electric vehicle and the excitement and emotion of a hot hatch. It is a car that proves that electric driving can be fun driving. @via Hyundai.

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