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What does it take to impress the recent hatch? Can an EV actually provide the similar kicks as combustion? And what occurs to your face once you slide one round a frozen lake? It’s time to seek out out, with the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N.

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Should you’re feeling a bit gloomy about the way forward for driving, right here’s one thing to cheer you up: the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N hyper-hatch. Sure, it’s electrical. But it surely hacks right into a world of digital instruments that unlock the enjoyment of driving, turning battery energy right into a superpower. Consider it as an EV with a super-unleaded soul – one assured to deliver a smile to your face, each time you soar in.

That is the primary time Hyundai’s N division has labored its magic on an EV, and it hasn’t held again. With twin motors and 650PS, it does 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and retains going to a high velocity of 161mph. But it surely’s these new applied sciences that actually outline it, and propel it into the premier league of nice driver’s automobiles, electrical or not.

Take N e-shift. It’s a completely simulated, eight-speed paddle-shift gearbox that does all the pieces an actual one does – interrupting the torque to present you a bit kick on upshifts and a bit blip on the way in which down, bouncing off the imaginary 8,000rpm redline, even matching the sound to the throttle place, revs and what gear you’re in.

Yep – sound. With N Energetic Sound+ you possibly can select from three modes: Ignition for combustion-style revs, pops and bangs, Evolution for a sci-fi thrum just like the swoosh of a lightsaber, or Supersonic when you’re within the temper for lighting the afterburners. Or flip them off and glide round in stealthy silence (however why would you?).

 

 

On the monitor – or in our case, a frozen lake – Hyundai has even electrified the artwork of drifting, because of N Drift Optimizer. Immediately changing from four-wheel-drive to real-real drive, it sends 100% of the torque to the again, then deploys its processing energy that can assist you maintain a classy slide. You’ll be able to even simulate a clutch-kick with Torque Kick Drift, to snap sideways on demand. N Torque Distribution additionally permits you to fluctuate the entrance/rear cut up, with 11 totally different settings. Drift stage: skilled.

For the total 650PS hit, merely push the crimson button on the steering wheel and also you’ll get a 10-second burst of most energy. It’s known as N Grin Increase and it does precisely that, in addition to teleporting you up the street like a cattle-prodded dragster. Or from a standing begin, activate N Launch Management and that 3.4-second 0-62mph time is do-able again and again, as all 4 wheels grip and go.

Monitor days? No downside. With N Battery Preconditioning the battery cells are optimised for essentially the most power-efficient temperature – choose ‘Drag’ mode for brief bursts of full energy or ‘Monitor’ mode to unlock extra laps. Or for endurance-style periods, N Race makes additional tweaks to maximise vitality and efficiency for decent lap after sizzling lap.

In different phrases, it’s not only a sizzling hatch, it’s a happiness machine. And the reigning Topgear.com Automobile of the 12 months. Nonetheless not satisfied? Watch this. Then head to www.hyundai.com/eu/experiment-n to seek out out extra.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 N is now out there to order, from £65,000.

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