Hyundai is currently counting down as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will be unveiled tomorrow at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Prior to this, Hyundai has teased the car at least twice, showing the car wrapped in camouflage and being tested on the track and even in the snow. However, just before the car is supposed to be revealed to the world, pictures of the hot EV have been mistakenly (or not) shared by Hyundai Australia but were then removed not long after.
Looking at the pictures of the performance electric vehicle (EV), it has a much sportier-looking set of front and rear bumpers, together with aggressive-looking side skirts to go along with it. The bumpers are painted in black to give the hot EV a dual-tone look, and together with the side skirts, are given red accents too.
The red accents can be found just under the front grille and rear lights, the front and rear body kits, and along the side skirts. The rear spoiler is also shaped to be sportier, with what seems to be a fog lamp or third brake light being housed in the middle.
The rims fitted onto the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N are comparatively larger than its regular counterpart, which we think looks rather good on the car. To go along with the Ioniq 5 N’s sporty identity, the car is also given a set of red brake callipers.
Hyundai has previously announced that the Ioniq 5 N will be getting bigger brakes with 400 mm discs. The braking system has also been said to be mainly done using regenerative braking, with hydraulic brakes to provide assistance when necessary.
Both the flush door handles and the body claddings which are present on the regular Ioniq 5 are here to stay. However, the body claddings have been painted in body colour, with a cut-out at the back, which we think is there to aid with aerodynamics.
Inside, the Ioniq 5 N’s design is naturally based on its regular counterpart, albeit with some “performance” touches. First up, the steering wheel has been swapped out and replaced by a much sportier-looking steering wheel which features a myriad of buttons.
The steering wheel also has the N logo imprinted at its centre rather than the regular four dots featured in the regular Ioniq 5. And just in case you didn’t know, the four dots translates into the letter “H” in Morse code.
There are also what looks to be “paddle shifters” at the back, which should function as a controller for the car’s regenerative braking system. To hold the driver and occupants better during spirited driving, Hyundai has given the Ioniq 5 N with bucket seats at the front.
Other unique systems that will be fitted onto the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N include the “N e-shift” system which simulates the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) of petrol-powered cars. This system is mainly created to help make the driving experience more immersive, and closer to regular ICEs rather than EVs.
There will also be an artificial sound system known as the “N Active Sound +”, and it comes with three sound profiles – “Ignition”, “Evolution”, and “Supersonic”. The “Ignition” sound profile is perhaps the most entertaining one as it will simulate the sound of Hyundai’s 2.0-litre turbo engine complete with pops and bangs.
As the first Hyundai N model to feature all-wheel drive (AWD), Hyundai will also be equipping the Ioniq 5 N with the N Drift Optimiser and N Torque Distribution systems. These systems work together with the e-LSD to help drivers drift the car easier, as well as distribute power to all four wheels to provide instantaneous torque.
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