2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Performance SUV Makes Debut with 478kW, Arrives Next Year

Alexi Falson

Hyundai’s N performance division has finally taken the wraps off its Ioniq 5 N after what’s felt like an eternity in the development pipeline, with the rapid electric SUV boasting power figures that put some supercars to shame.

Over the standard Ioniq 5, Hyundai has given the N a significant hardware overhaul, kicking off with a revised pair of electric motors that produced a combined 478kW/770Nm in Hyundai’s ‘N Grin Boost’ driving mode.

In the standard driving mode, outputs stand at a still ludicrous 448kW/740Nm, giving it a substantial power premium over its performance sibling, the Kia EV6 GT which produces 430kW/740Nm.

Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 N can screetch its tyres up to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, onto a top speed of 258km/h.

It measures in 80mm longer than the standard Ioniq 5 while sitting 20mm lower to the ground and spans 50mm wider.

Underneath, the Ioniq 5 N utilises the same E-GMP platform you’ll find under the EV6, while the battery pack has been beefed-up from a 77.4kWh pack in the standard Ioniq 5 to an 84kWh lithium-ion pack.

Range figures are yet to be finalised at this point, though we do know the Ioniq 5 N will receive 800-volt charging tech carried over from the standard car, good for a 240kW fast-charger.

Over the standard Ioniq 5, there’s a new adaptive suspension system, sharper steering ratio, an electronic limited-slip differential at the rear and a stronger platform than the standard Ioniq 5 to handle all the cornering forces.

It comes riding on a set of 21-inch alloys wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zeros measuring 275/35.

There’s also new regenerative braking system said to offer 0.6G of brake force upon throttle lift-off, which is paired with 400mm front, 360mm rear discs clamped by four-piston and single-piston calipers, respectively.

You’ll also find a redesigned cooling system for the high-performance e-motors and battery pack, with battery pre-conditioning programmed into the Ioniq 5 N’s specialised driving modes.

On the software front, Hyundai has spared no effort, with a new N launch control system, torque optimiser and a drift mode to help keep things lively, as well as a new N e-shift system that replicates the shutter of a dual-clutch transmission snapping into place.

Inside, there’s a set of bucket seats wrapped in your choice of cloth and leather or Alcantara and leather, with a bespoke steering wheel gaining a couple of N drive mode selectors and, of course, an N Grin Boost button for short bursts up to 448kW/770Nm.

A full run-down of the Ioniq 5 N can be found below; Australian deliveries are slated for some time in the first half of 2024.

Specifications IONIQ 5 N
Motor output Front 166 kW / 226 PS
Rear 282 kW / 383 PS
Total output 448 kW / 609 PS
Boost output 478 kW / 650 PS

(Front: 175 kW, 238 PS / Rear: 303 kW, 412 PS)

Battery Capacity 84 kWh
Charging Charge Speed 350 kW
Charge time 10% to 80% in 18 minutes
Dimension Length 4,715 mm
Width 1,940 mm
Height 1,585 mm
Wheelbase 3,000 mm
Tyres Pirelli P-Zero 275/35R21
Braking system Front 4 piston 400 mm
Rear 1 piston 360 mm
Regenerative braking Deceleration 0.6 G (0.2 G during ABS activation)
0 – 100 km/h 3.4 sec (N Grin Boost)
Top speed 260 Km/h
Range To be announced at regional market launch
Exterior colours Performance Blue Matte, Performance Blue, Abyss Black Pearl, Cyber Gray Metallic, Ecotronic Gray Matte, Ecotronic Gray , Atlas White Matte, Atlas White, Gravity Gold Matte and Soultronic Orange Pearl
Interior colour Black with Performance Blue accents
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