Hyundai has unveiled the new 2025 Ioniq 5 N at the 2023 L.A. Auto Show, showcasing its first high-performance EV for the U.S. market. Set to hit U.S. dealerships in March 2024, this model stands out as the inaugural electrified vehicle sporting Hyundai’s N performance badge, with more such models anticipated in the future.
The Ioniq 5 N boasts impressive dual electric motors, delivering a robust 641 horsepower, a significant leap from the 320-hp of the standard dual-motor version. This model features N-specific brakes, including 15.8-inch front and 14.2-inch rear rotors, touted as Hyundai’s most potent braking system yet. A key attribute is its enhanced heat resistance during track driving, reducing power loss in the electric motors.
Visually, the Ioniq 5 N commands attention with design elements like black trim accents and a wing-type rear spoiler. It’s dimensionally distinctive too, being 0.8 inch lower, 2 inches wider, and 3.2 inches longer than the regular Ioniq 5.
The vehicle retains a single-speed direct-drive transmission, akin to the standard model, but introduces an “e-shift” feature to mimic the feel of an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission found in internal combustion engine vehicles. This includes simulated rev-matched downshifts and artificial shift noises. Hyundai enhances driver engagement with the e-shift and N Active Sound+ for more realistic engine sounds.
Inside, the Ioniq 5 N is optimized for track performance. The center console features knee pads for cornering support, a sliding armrest, and reinforced seat bolsters to secure the driver’s position. The new N steering wheel, adorned with the N logo and customizable drive mode buttons, marks another first for the model.