Hyundai presents 641bhp Ioniq 5 N with artificial gearbox
The development of the EV is said to capture the sensory aspects of driving a traditional ICE-powered hot hatch
Hyundai has finally unveiled its first all-electric N car, the Ioniq 5 N.
The performance EV, which adopts the same electric E-GMP as the Kia EV6, is powered by a dual-motor powertrain that produces 600bhp and 774lb ft of torque. However, an additional 41bhp occurs when the car’s ‘N Grin Boost’ function is engaged, enabling a 0-62mph time of just 3.4 second, before reaching its limited top speed of 162 mph.
Its 84kWh battery meanwhile can be replenished from 10-80 percent in 18 minutes. There’s no word on range just yet, but expect between 200 and 220 miles from a full charge.
Externally, the car's appearance presents a striking contrast to the regular model. The front bumper for example has undergone significant revisions to achieve a more performance-oriented aesthetic, and the redesigned 'N Mask' front-end incorporates active air flaps to enhance brake cooling.
To match the extra power, Hyundai has made notable improvements to the brakes to ensure their durability under more demanding conditions.
By integrating Hyundia’s regenerative system with the hydraulic brakes, approximately 40-50 percent of the braking force is managed by the regenerative system during track use, whereas on regular roads, this proportion increases to 80-90 percent.
In order to deliver the sensory aspects of driving a traditional ICE-powered hot hatch, Hyundia’s N division has also developed an artificial gearbox and engine sound for the car.
The simulated gearbox is said to replicate the characteristics of the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission found in combustion-powered N models. It does this by simulating the jolt between gear shifts by controlling the torque output on the dual motors.
Furthermore, the engine soundtrack is designed to mimic the revving of a traditional engine up to 8000rpm.
Internally, the Ioniq 5 N features newly designed bucket seats and a custom-made steering wheel, adding to the overall sporty ambiance. The N treatment extends to the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment display, which now incorporate performance-oriented themes and settings.
Additionally, the vehicle will offer over-the-air updates, which can be accessed and installed after the initial launch.
Hyundai has not yet disclosed the exact pricing for the Ioniq 5 N, though given the upgrades above a standard car, it’s expected to start from at least north of £60,000.