Hyundai has revealed its all-new 2025 Ioniq 5 N electrified sports vehicle at a pre-show event for AutoMobility LA.
The performance-oriented model represents the electrification vision of the OEM’s N brand and is its first electrified iteration, with future electrified N models to follow. Based on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, with N motorsport technologies and N expertise from electrified ‘Rolling Labs’, the Ioniq 5 N EV will launch at Hyundai dealers in March 2024.
Spinning up to 21,000 RPM, the EV’s motors provide an estimated combined power output of 641 hp (748 kW) with N Grin Boost engaged. The rating is made possible through a two-stage inverter that itself enables enhanced energy efficiency for strong power output from a new 84 kWh battery. When driving on the track, several exclusive features aid performance, such as the N Grin Boost which maximizes acceleration with extra power for a 10-second interval. N Launch Control automatically activates N Grin Boost during launch, while providing three different traction levels to enable the fastest possible launch – ultimately allowing drivers to accelerate their vehicle in a similar fashion to a professional race car. The Track SOC feature (state-of-charge) automatically calculates battery consumption every lap.
Inside, the EV’s center console is optimized for track driving with knee pads and shin support during cornering as well as a sliding armrest. An extension to the lower part of the console enhances rigidity to further support sporty driving. For everyday use, it also offers USB-C connectivity, a wireless charger and cupholders.
Ioniq 5 N’s thermal management system offers a higher resistance to heat-induced power degradation. Here, it leverages an increased cooling area and volume, enhanced motor oil cooling and a battery chiller. The performance of the battery thermal management system is also enhanced with the minimized heat transfer route from the battery cells to the cooling channel, and the new gap filler with high thermal conductivity.
The independent radiators for the battery and motor maximize Ioniq 5 N resistance to performance degradation both before and during intense track driving. Before driving, the driver can utilize N Battery Pre-conditioning to optimize battery cells to the most power-efficient temperature, choosing between ‘Drag’ mode for a short burst of full power or ‘Track’ mode that optimizes the lowest possible battery temperature for sustained lapping.
The N Race feature further optimizes endurance on the circuit, giving drivers more direct control over energy consumption. N Race applies a motorsport-derived approach to maximizing available resources for the fastest possible laps overall. With it, drivers are given the strategic choice to prioritize ‘Endurance’ or ‘Sprint.’ ‘Endurance’ maximizes range on the racetrack. This is achieved by limiting peak power, which results in a slower build-up of temperature. Comparatively, ‘Sprint’ prioritizes power and provides shorter bursts of full energy. This helps drivers accurately manage their energy strategy and creates an ideal performance window.
Furthermore, like the standard Ioniq 5, the N variant offers external Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) when equipped with the V2L accessory adapter. This allows the driver to use the stored energy from the high-voltage battery to recharge devices, such as an e-bike, electrical camping equipment or domestic appliances — even when the vehicle is off.