FIRST LOOK: Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. Meet the Hyundai that outguns a Lamborghini | Electrifying

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The thing about electric cars is that while they are undoubtedly very fast, many of them can feel, well, a little emotionless to drive. But Hyundai’s motorsport division believes they have the answer to this, and it’s called the Ioniq 5N,  an electric car it believes will make even the most dedicated petrolhead want to get behind the wheel.

The N version gets some really tasty 21-inch wheels with fat, sticky tyres, ’N’ badges and a surprisingly tasteful bodykit, including a wing and rear diffuser. According to Hyundai, something that wears an ’N’ badge has to have the go to match the show. And this car really does, because it shares some of its hardware with the Kia EV6 GT – which electrifying has already driven. And did silly things in.

But here it’s got a bigger 84kWh battery, so the range should be up there. But better than that, there’s up to 640bhp and just under 550lb ft of torque – and if that means nothing to you, a 0-62mph time of around 3.4 seconds and 160+mph top speed might impress. You’ll be beating Lamborghinis off the line with that kind of speed.

The Ioniq 5 also has some party tricks up its sleeve – the strangest being the N Active Sound system which is played through ten different speakers – eight on the inside and two on the outside.  ‘Ignition’ is supposed to sound like a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine – complete with pops-and-bangs, Evolution is an electronic sound inspired by a Gran Turismo concept car, the 2025 Vision, and Supersonic simulates fighter jet.

But we’ve seen noise-making electric cars before. What we haven’t had is the noise reacting to revs from a gearbox. Because this electric car has a mode called N e-Shift in which you can change fake gears via the paddles, and the noise rises and falls with it. 
But the powertrain will also change as you change ‘gear’, and cut torque – it gives it a little jolt – and provide synthesised engine braking, so it really feels like something mechanical is happening. There’s also a rev-counter and it’ll hit a fake rev-limiter. It’s a completely made-up 8-speed double-clutch gearbox…

Join Ginny as she takes a close look at the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. What do you think of it? Would you opt for something else instead? Let us know in the comments below.


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