Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: when electricity meets high-octane entertainment

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is an electric racer

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Photo: Hyundai

Enter a world where electric drive is just as exciting as the sound of a petrol engine. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is not just an electric car; is an exceptional athlete who combines adrenaline driving and environmental awareness. This model exceeds expectations with performance comparable to petrol sportsters such as the Volkswagen GTI, Audi RS3 and Ford Focus ST, bringing a new definition of electric sportiness.

Electric cars, a thorn in the side of every fan of gasoline engines, or are they? Enter the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, a record-turning machine that proves electrons can dance just as wildly as gasoline. It's not just raw power, although that's in abundance, or how quickly it can go from zero to hundreds. No, this electric beast is more than just numbers on a spec sheet; it's about the thrill of driving.

The moment you sink into its Alcantara-clad sports seats and grip the steering wheel, you know this isn't your ordinary electric crossover. It sits a little high, but what do you expect from a car that tries to be versatile? The real fun starts when you get going. Forget the traditional hum of engines; here the symphony is digital. Oh, and what a symphony it is! Hyundai Ioniq 5 N it surrounds you with the sound of the 276bhp turbo petrol engine from its sibling, the i30 N, including gear changes and exhaust crackles with a system called – N Sound. So convincing that you could be forgiven for thinking there's actually an engine under the hood.

Under the hood hides a beating heart with a power of 478 kW (650 PS) and a torque of 740 Nm, which enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in an incredible 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h. Its autonomy is up to 385 km, with a battery capacity of 80.0 kWh, which promises long and dynamic drives. The vehicle boasts exceptional efficiency, reaching up to 487.63 km (303 miles) of autonomy on a single charge, making it one of the fastest charging electric vehicles on the market. In just 18 minutes, you can charge a battery from 10 to 80% on the ultra-fast charger DC 800V, which is a record for its segment.

Leadership? Like a sports compact car on steroids. The feeling behind the wheel is like being truly connected to the road, a rarity in the electric world. Now about the appearance. The Ioniq 5 N is not just a pretty face. Its design, a tribute to the 80s, is peppered with N-specific customizations that are not just for show. They are there to cool, to cut through the air, to make this car something more than just an electrical appliance.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N boasts a body that is both robust and stylish, while being directly larger than its petrol competitors. With a length of 463.55 cm (182.5 inches), a width of 189 cm (74.4 inches) and a height of 160 cm (63 inches), this electric SUV stands out with its dimensions. Its weight, which varies between 1,799 kg and 2,115 kg (3,968 to 4,663 pounds), is impressively low for an electric vehicle of this size. Of course, it is heavier than the Audi RS3 by a good 400 kilograms, but not so much that it would not be incomprehensible. In comparison, the Ioniq 5 N not only matches the performance of petrol sportsters, but in some respects even surpasses them. Its combination of low weight, high power and agility sets new standards in the world of electric sports vehicles. Definitely a step in the right direction.

But here's the kicker: all that digital magic, the fake gears, the sound that's nothing but the ghost of gasoline engines, it all works. It's an experience that might make you think about what makes a car exciting. It's about the overall flavor of the ride, not the ingredients.

So before you dismiss this electrical wonder, remember: always try before you judge. The Ioniq 5 N comes to Europe with a bit of a price tag – around €70,000 – but can you really put a price on revolutionizing the way we think about electric cars? I do not think so."

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