In an era where electric performance is easily achieved through simple adjustments, it’s hard to get excited about another heavy, dual-motor electric vehicle with immense power. Take the Kia EV6 GT, for example. While impressive, it feels somewhat disconnected and lacks the special touches found in performance brands like BMW’s M division or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.
With this in mind, my expectations for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N were uncertain. Would it feel special or just like a larger, more powerful version of its base model? To my surprise, Hyundai’s performance engineers went above and beyond to create a car that truly feels unique and thrilling.
The quick specs of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N are as follows:
– Output: 641 horsepower/545 lb-ft of torque
– Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive
– Battery: 84.0 Kilowatt-Hours Lithium-Ion
– 0-60 MPH: 3.2 Seconds
– Top Speed: 162 Miles Per Hour (Electronically Limited)
The Ioniq 5 N delivers on performance, but what sets it apart is the level of detail and customization Hyundai has put into it. From the suspension to the drivetrain, every aspect has been meticulously fine-tuned. The car features larger dampers for a wider range between soft and firm. It also has an electronically activated limited-slip differential at the rear to maintain traction. The software changes extend to the touchscreen interface, where drivers can adjust various driving modes and even select fake engine noises for added enjoyment.
Behind the wheel, the Ioniq 5 N proves to be more than just a powerful electric vehicle. It offers a playful and engaging experience, with the ability to catch drifts effortlessly and precise braking control through its brake-by-wire system. While its weight and size limit its nimbleness on the track, it remains a joy to drive.
One of the most important aspects of any high-performance electric vehicle is its endurance. Hyundai promises that the Ioniq 5 N can withstand two full laps on the Nurburgring before experiencing a decrease in power. This is a significant promise that speaks to the car’s capabilities.
The article also touches upon the price of the Ioniq 5 N, stating that it will likely be priced higher than the Kia EV6 GT, which starts at around $63,000. However, Hyundai has yet to release official pricing for the Ioniq 5 N.
Overall, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N stands out as a performance-focused electric vehicle that offers a thrilling and customizable driving experience. While its performance and endurance are impressive, its true value lies in the attention to detail and the joy it brings to the driver.