Harry Leahey

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The order books for Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 N are open now, with prices starting at £65,000. That's around £3,000 more than the Kia EV6 GT, which shares the same basic platform and drivetrain.


The performance EV 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 84-kwh 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.


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 8000 rpm. 


To distinguish the Ioniq 5 N from the normal Ioniq 5, it features a number of visual changes. These include custom 21-inch forged alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires, a 20mm lower ride height, a 50mm wider stance,  a revised front bumper with additional air ducts for battery cooling, a red lip spoiler, and enhancements at the rear, including a large diffuser and roof spoiler.


Inside the Ioniq 5 N are new bucket seats upholstered in Alcantara and leather plus an N-badged steering wheel with perforated leather. Like the standard Ioniq 5, the N version features the same dual-screen setup and infotainment system, but with new, sporty graphics. 


Similar to the standard Ioniq 5, the N variant also receives identical warranty coverage – a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage, along with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for the battery.


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Harry Leahey 26/10/23