The 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Has Hi-Po Attitude

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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the 2025 hyundai ioniq 5 n has hi po attitude

LOS ANGELES -- High performance isn't just limited to vehicles that burn dead dinos in some way, shape, or form. EVs can get in on the fun, too.

The 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N isn't the first high-performance EV -- there are several examples on the market. Instead, it's another reminder that EVs don't have to be boring commuter machines.

This one has an 84 kWh battery and a two-stage inverter, and Hyundai promises up to 641 horsepower when the N Grin Boost mode is engaged.

It starts with a stiffer structure and beefier axles that can handle more torque from the electric motors. Twenty-one-inch forged aluminum wheels reduce unsprung mass. The steering is stiffened and offers a quicker ratio than what's found on the regular Ioniq 5.

Software is used to enhance the handling -- the one-pedal driving system is setup for better cornering as opposed to energy efficiency. It also, through the magic of modern engineering and computing, uses the deceleration force and the weight transfer to the front axle to give the car sharper turn-in. This is called N Pedal.

Or so Hyundai says. As always with launch announcements, we can only report what the automaker claims, at least until we get wheel time ourselves.

A "drift optimizer" and a "Torque Kick Drift" system help maintain the preferred drift angle and even allow for some tail-out action.

Scandinavian flick via computing power.

The rear axle gets an electronic limited-slip differential, and the front and rear torque distribution is fully variable, with the driver having 11 different levels to work with.

Increased dampers and an electronically controlled suspension work to give drivers a performance range from "fun Sunday on the back roads" to "going to the track."

The electric motors can spin up to 21,000 RPM and the battery gets enhanced cooling. The N Grin Boost mode gives you extra power for up to 10 seconds at a time (insert Fast and Furious joke here). Launch control is present and offers three different traction levels, and if you are taking this thing to the track, you can keep on an eye on battery consumption as you lap.

While the max power is 641 ponies when N Grin Boost is activated, most of the time it's 601 horsepower -- 223 from the front motor and 378 from the rear. Hyundai quotes a 0-60 time of 3.25 seconds.

You can pre-condition the battery for track driving, and a Race mode lets drivers marshal the car's resources best for track driving -- and things can be adjusted for both short and long stints.

Large mechanical brakes -- the smaller rear rotors are over 14 inches -- are onboard but the regenerative braking system is the primary stopper. Hyundai says the system has been specifically setup for racing and reduces brake fade while also reducing wear on the friction brakes. Hyundai has also set up the braking system to allow drivers to left-foot brake even if their right foot is on the accelerator.

This all sounds good, but the inclusion of systems that simulate the shifts of an automatic transmission (N e-shift) and the sounds of an internal-combustion engine make us roll our eyes a bit. Maybe it will work well when we get our chance to drive the thing, but color us skeptical for the moment. We will note that the simulated sounds are adjustable -- you can hear what sounds like a four-cylinder, or a Hyundai racecar prototype, or a fighter jet. Yes, you read that last one correctly.

Other news? Like the car it's based on, this vehicle has vehicle-to-load charging. Unlike the vehicle it's based on, it has a rear wing-type spoiler and it's lower, wider, and longer. There's a front fascia with mesh, an air curtain, and air flaps for cooling to go along with a lip spoiler, and side skirts. The bumper covers are black.

The theme continues inside -- the cabin is festooned with N badging, the center console has knee pads and shin support, and the seats have extra bolstering. Those seats are also lowered to balance weight better. You, the driver, can customize which buttons operate which drive mode, and there are paddles on hand to let you engage the N e-shift and N Pedal modes.

The pedals are also redesigned to make it easier to drive on a track.

Battery charging can go from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes when using the proper charger.

Hyundai is targeting an on-sale date of March 2024.

[Images: Hyundai]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • E E on Nov 18, 2023

    Fake engine sounds aren’t gonna do it for me. I need real old school sounds - program it to make horsey noises!

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Nov 18, 2023

    For those who have actually driven it on the track, the artificial exhaust and simulated shifting do aid in timing when to hit on the throttle or brakes going into and out of a bend - otherwise, you're driving "blind" without the usual auditory and physical sensations aiding the driver.

    • Ajla Ajla on Nov 19, 2023

      "Performance EVs don't provide proper driver feedback unless they pretend to be an ICE vehicle" is fun line for manufacturers to go with. 😂

  • SCE to AUX Another outsourced battery goes awry.
  • Jkross22 Nah, If I needed a truck, I'd get a Nissan titan or for nearly the same money a 20 yr old SR5.
  • Kwik_Shift No. It is hideous and jarring to look at. Why would I need this anyway?
  • Jeff From the side profile this gives off Taurus wagon vibes. Nice looking wagon love the exterior color and the interior. The burled walnut interior trim is beautiful.
  • Jeff I think initially there will be a lot of orders for this truck and then sales will crater. Those that want this truck mainly the Tesla fans will buy them and then anyone that wanted one will have already bought one. The Cybertruck kind of reminds me of the Delorean which was widely anticipated and once it was out and those who wanted a Delorean bought one that was the end. Both the Delorean and Cybertruck are stainless steel and both are weird looking. Maybe they could release a new Back to the Future sequence and have Doc drive a Cybertruck.