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Hyundai IONIQ 5 N

Hyundai IONIQ 5 N high-performance EV

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 and the Kia EV6 share the same platform. While the IONIQ 5 is very comfortable and refined to drive, the EV6 is a genuine driver’s car. So why is there such a difference between the two cars? 

Well, there are three small differences between them, which add up to a big change. Firstly, the EV6’s wheelbase is shorter than the IONIQ 5 – 2,900mm compared to 3,000mm – which gives the EV6 more agility. Then there’s the suspension damping, which is slightly firmer in the EV6, and the anti-roll bars are 1mm thicker – both of these tweaks result in the EV6 having tighter body control – and steering – than the IONIQ 5.

So the Kia EV6 is more sporty to drive than the Hyundai IONIQ 5. However the IONIQ 5 is about to up the stakes.

The IONIQ 5 N is due to debut in July 2023. Hyundai says that it will “signal a shift in brand evolution with a new line-up of high-performance electric vehicles”.

The IONIQ 5 N will be all-wheel-drive and the chassis will benefit from knowledge gained from the all-surface AWD capabilities demonstrated by the Hyundai i20 N WRC Rally 1 car in Sweden.

It will even feature ‘N Drift Optimizer’, which integrates front and rear torque distribution, torque rate, suspension stiffness, steering effort and the e-LSD (electronic-Limited Slip Differential) system to create a driving mode dedicated for drifting.

The e-LSD is specifically tuned for the IONIQ 5 N, with the electronic control unit monitoring input from wheel sensors to accurately identify when a certain wheel needs extra torque to enhance overall vehicle grip. The e-LSD improves handling during cornering and high-speed driving on the racetrack as well as during driving conditions such as ice and deep snow, and provides quicker responses and accuracy for the faster-reacting torque delivery of EVs compared to ICE vehicles. 

The IONIQ 5 N also uses N Torque Distribution that is optimised for different drive modes, allowing the driver to select the torque level to both front and rear wheels. N Torque Distribution and e-LSD are specifically designed for EVs and work together to distribute power to all four wheels in varying ratios.

The IONIQ 5 N is currently undergoing winter testing on low-grip icy surfaces in sub-zero (-30°C) temperatures at the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden.