【YouTube】2025 Hyundai IONIQ 5 N – High Performance Electric SUV


The 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N seeks to change all that, heightening sensation, sound, rally-car moves and even DIY gear changes. History’s most powerful Hyundai is 641 horses worth of newfangled tech that aims to feel old and familiar. And it mostly succeeds, as I discovered while chasing 11-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner Paul Dallenbach around Laguna Seca. To burnish the racing bona fides, Dallenbach will drive a showroom-spec Ioniq 5 N up Pikes Peak’s 156 turns in hopes of setting a record time for production electric SUVs, a feat the team believes is well within reach.

We amateurs feel good about our own chances, as we spur Hyundai’s little “Corner Rascal” through Laguna Seca’s stomach-flipping elevations and 11 curves. OK, not so “little,” considering its chunky 4,861-pound curb weight. But the Hyundai is no poseur, down to a revised-chemistry battery that squeezes 84 usable kilowatt hours from the same-size pack as the Ioniq 5 with 77.4 kWh. Aerodynamics, radiators and (electric) motor oil cooling are all upgraded to track spec – plus, it adds a unique battery chiller to the equation.

The Ioniq 5 N is like no other production Hyundai before it, either. Zero to 100km/h takes just 3.4 seconds in its most aggressive N Grin Boost setting, and top speed is rated at 260km/h. Even more, it boasts a whopping 478kW and 770Nm.That’s even more than Kia’s manic EV6 GT, which is based on the same underpinnings – Kia’s version offers 430kW and 740Nm, which is just under the Ioniq 5 N’s outputs when it’s not in N Grin Boost mode. Beyond its straight-line performance, the Ioniq 5 N is also making bold claims about track ability which is a key pillar of the N brand.

Once we hit the winding back roads towards Laguna, I was able to test out the Ioniq 5 N’s hillclimb capabilities.The high-speed and twisty roads into the hills are the Ioniq 5 N’s hunting ground. It gives it plenty of space to stretch its legs, and there’s so much grip that you can corner with confidence in this 2230kg (tare) hulking beast.With a torque vectoring function up front and an electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD) at the rear, the Ioniq 5 N turns in quickly and neatly, then blasts you out of corners with its mighty dual-motor drivetrian.Really, it’s quicker than you’re able to utilise legally on Australian public roads – blink and you’ve eclipsed 100km/h.I used the B-road blat as an opportunity to really try out the N e-Shift function in performance driving, which simulates the shifts of the brand’s eight-speed DCT used in the i30 N.


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