Because Track Day Should Be Every Day


Achieving the dream of many auto writers and enthusiasts involves tackling a few laps at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. Now, imagine doing so behind the wheel of an electrified performance SUV, and you’ve elevated the experience to a whole new level. Hyundai’s inaugural N brand electric performance vehicle, the IONIQ 5 N, delivers satisfaction to racing aficionados while also injecting an exhilarating dose of joy into everyday driving.

Approaching the IONIQ 5 N, its distinctive presence commands attention whether at a track day or in the Target parking lot. Noteworthy design elements accentuate its performance-oriented nature, including contrasting black trim and a wing-type rear spoiler. A lip spoiler spanning the lower bumper underscores the car’s wide stance, signaling its serious performance intent. The electrifying N-exclusive ‘Luminous Orange’ adorning the lower front bumper extends seamlessly along the side skirts, imparting a race-ready aesthetic.

This impression is further accentuated by forged 21-inch aluminum wheels ensconced in summer high-performance 275/35R21 Pirelli P Zero tires, enhancing ride quality, handling, and overall road grip for superior track performance.




A HighPerformance SUV

At the rear, the bold N-exclusive wing-type spoiler, coupled with an orange-accented rear diffuser and air outlet, meticulously manages airflow for optimal aerodynamic efficiency, amplifying the IONIQ 5 N’s high-performance capabilities and bolstering its aggressive styling. Integrated within the spoiler is a triangular N-exclusive CHMSL brake light, ensuring visibility and safety. Beneath the rear hatch lies an N-exclusive black bumper cover adorned with checkered-flag-inspired graphics. Additionally, a rear window washer and wiper enhance rearward visibility in adverse weather conditions.

Now, stepping into the interior, the N design elements permeate every corner, and we’re enamored. From the steering wheel to the seats, door scuff panels, and metal pedals, every detail is meticulously crafted for track performance with a touch of flair.

The newly redesigned N steering wheel takes center stage, proudly showcasing the N logo for the first time. Flanked by N buttons, it allows drivers to seamlessly select their desired drive mode, arranged for personalized convenience. These driving modes can be customized and assigned to each button in various combinations, enabling drivers to fully unleash the IONIQ 5 N’s driving spirit.

The inclusion of the N Grin Boost button, positioned at the three o’clock mark, is nothing short of genius. Offering instant and intuitive access, this feature unleashes maximum acceleration and driving engagement in exhilarating ten-second bursts. Additionally, paddles are strategically placed at the driver’s fingertips, providing effortless engagement with N e-shift and N Pedal features, ensuring a dynamic and responsive driving experience.



Track Ready In Style

Sure, let’s dive into some tech specifics. The electric motors in the IONIQ 5 N can rev up to an impressive 21,000 RPM, delivering an estimated 641 horsepower (478 kW) when N Grin Boost is engaged. This robust power output is made possible by a two-stage inverter system, engineered for enhanced energy efficiency, coupled with a new 84 kWh battery.

Several exclusive features are tailored to optimize track performance. N Grin Boost unleashes additional power for exhilarating bursts of acceleration, available for a 10-second interval. Meanwhile, N Launch Control4 automatically triggers N Grin Boost during launch sequences, offering three selectable traction levels to ensure the quickest possible acceleration, akin to what professional race car drivers experience.



Heart-Pumping Fun On And Off The Track


Additionally, Track SOC (state-of-charge) functionality continuously monitors battery consumption throughout each lap, providing real-time insights into energy usage for strategic performance management on the track.

For those eager to push the IONIQ 5 N on the track, Hyundai has raised the bar with its advanced thermal management system, setting a new standard for performance in extreme racing conditions. Unlike its rivals, the IONIQ 5 N exhibits superior resistance to power loss caused by excessive heat.

This system features an expanded cooling area and volume, improved motor oil cooling, and a dedicated battery chiller, ensuring efficient heat dissipation. Furthermore, enhancements to the battery thermal management system, including optimized heat transfer routes and high thermal conductivity gap fillers, contribute to maintaining peak performance.

Independent radiators for the battery and motor bolster the IONIQ 5 N’s resilience to performance degradation, both before and during intense track sessions. Drivers can prepare the battery for optimal efficiency using N Battery Pre-conditioning, selecting either ‘Drag’ mode for brief bursts of full power or ‘Track’ mode for sustained performance by achieving the lowest possible battery temperature.



Most Powerful Hyundai Ever


The 2025 IONIQ 5 N stands as a pinnacle of automotive performance, available in limited quantities at select dealers in specific states. Primarily designed for the track, with daily driving capabilities as a secondary consideration, it represents a thrilling blend of power and precision. Even if you’re not a dedicated track enthusiast, the knowledge of possessing one of the fastest rides on the road carries its allure.

However, it’s essential to exercise caution when harnessing the full potential of its features. The exhilarating N Grin Boost should be used with extreme care, and the Launch Control feature is best reserved for closed racetracks. Safety always comes first, both on and off the track. This is just a friendly FYI for all enthusiasts.