Just over six months after its global reveal, the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has gone on sale in Australia with local deliveries due to commence soon. Having been turned from a futuristic electric SUV into a 478kW hot hatch, the Ioniq 5 N is capable of the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.4 seconds, yet still 448km of range on the WLTP cycle. But, according to Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 N’s real achievement is how its long list of features make it feel like a high-performance petrol car to drive.

“We are thrilled to introduce Ioniq 5 N, the first electric N and a new global benchmark for driver-focused EVs,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ted Lee.

“Ioniq 5 N is the culmination of years of engineering development and testing, and the ultimate version so far of the multi-award-winning Ioniq 5. We’re confident Ioniq 5 N will exceed the expectations of even the keenest drivers, while remaining a comfortable, spacious and quiet EV for everyday use.

Sitting on the same e-GMP platform as the regular Ioniq 5 range, the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N features a new 84kWh lithium ion battery for up to 448km of range on the WLTP cycle. Thanks to the 800V architecture, that battery can charged at up to 350kW for a 10 to 80 per cent charge in as little as 18 minutes or the same charge with a 50kW charger in an hour and 10 minutes.

The battery feeds a dual-motor all-wheel drive system that makes 448kW of power and 740Nm of torque in normal mode, or 478kW and 770Nm in ‘N Grip Boost’ mode or with the launch control activated. That allows for a 3.4 second 0-100km/h sprint time and a top speed of 260km/h.

Aside from the extra grunt, Hyundai N’s performance upgrades an electronic limited-slip differential, upgraded battery and brake cooling, an 11 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, upgraded 400mm front/360mm rear brakes, three-mode adaptive dampers, an enlarged motor oil cooler and battery chiller and rack-mounted electric power steering assistance.

In addition to mechanical upgrades, there is also a suite of N Performance software aimed at making the Ioniq 5 N feel like a petrol-engined performance car. Highlights include ‘N e-Shift’, which simulates an eight-speed transmission shifts with jolts from the electric motor, as well as ‘N Active Sound+’, which uses 10 speakers – including two external ones – to emit one of three synthesised sounds: ignition (which is said to copy the i30 N’s petrol engine), evolution (a spaceship) and supersonic (a fighter jet).

Other N-specific software features include launch control, ‘N Torque Distribution’ with 11 settings to distribute the power front to rear (including front and rear-wheel drive modes for track use), ‘N Drift Optimiser’ to help drivers drift the Ioniq 5 N on a track, ‘Torque Kick Drift’ which sits within the N Drift Optimiser to simulate the action of releasing and engaging the clutch in a manual petrol car to initiate a drift and ‘N Road Sense’, which “prompts the drivers to activate N mode when it recognises a double curve road sign”, according to the brand.

Inside the Ioniq 5 N, the N-specific changes include a new centre console design with thigh pads for support during hard cornering, an N-branded steering wheel and manually-adjustable N-branded sports seats with both heating and ventilation and an illuminated N badge.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N standard equipment:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero HN tyres
  • Adaptive suspension with three modes
  • Electronically-controlled limited-slip rear differential
  • ‘N e-Shift’ simulated gear changes
  • Launch control
  • One-pedal driving mode
  • Multiple driving modes
  • Automatic dusk-sensing all-LED exterior lighting
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated and auto-folding mirrors
  • Gloss black exterior trim – mirror caps, window surrounds, etc
  • Keyless entry and start with remote start
  • Power tailgate
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Solar control windscreen and front door glass
  • Suede and leather-appointed seat upholstery
  • Manually adjustable N sports seats with heating, ventilation and illuminated N logos
  • Sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • 12.3-inch digital driver’s display
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen with over-the-air updates
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite navigation with live traffic services
  • ‘Bluelink’ connected services
  • Head-up display
  • Eight-speaker Bose sound system
  • Dual-zone climate control with rear air vents
  • Heat pump
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Multiple USB-C ports and 12V sockets
  • Digital rear view mirror
  • Adjustable LED ambient interior lighting

Ioniq 5 N safety features:

  • Six airbags
  • Auto emergency braking (AEB) with car, pedestrian, cyclist and intersection assistance
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Adaptive lane guidance
  • Adaptive cruise control with highway driving assistance, including level 2 semi-autonomous ability and assisted lane changes
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (both with braking)
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Safe exist assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring camera
  • 360-degree camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors with low-speed automatic braking
  • Auto high beam
  • Remote smart parking functionality
  • Rear occupant alert

Ioniq 5 N colour range:

  • Cyber Grey
  • Atlas White
  • Ecotronic Grey
  • Abyss Black
  • Performance Blue
  • Soultronic Orange
  • Gravity Gold
  • Atlas White Matte: $1,000
  • Performance Blue Matte: $1,000
  • Gravity Gold Matte: $1,000
  • Ecotronic Grey Matte: $1,000

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • N: $111,000
  • Panoramic glass roof: $2,000
  • Matte paint: $1,000

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is now on sale in Australia and the first examples will be entering local Hyundai showrooms soon. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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