2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Is the Quickest Korean Car We've Ever Tested

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Ioniq 5 N is The Quickest Korea Car We've TestedAndi Hedrick - Car and Driver
  • The 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is the quickest Korean car we've ever tested, hitting 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat.

  • That time makes Hyundai's 641-hp AWD EV a tenth of a second quicker than the Kia EV6 GT, and the N is 1.5 seconds quicker than the regular 320-hp dual-motor Ioniq 5.

  • The Ioniq 5 N is also just as quick to 60 mph as a $128K Lucid Air Touring, and it has an edge over the BMW i4 M50 and a Tesla Model 3 Performance.

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Nothing sends a smartphone into airplane mode quite like the nutty acceleration of an electric vehicle. They're heavy, but their viciously instant torque delivery and direct-drive transmissions make for some rapid speed. Best of all, a hot hatch such as the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N we just tested, accelerates like a six-figure sports car but at a fraction of the cost. Impressively, the $67K electric N's 3.0-second rip to 60 mph is just three tenths of a second behind a 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 PDK. The last time a Hyundai put this much pressure on a Porsche, it was uninsured and tailgating someone on California's 405.

The Korean King Is Quicker Than Others Too

For a short while, the 3.1-second 60-mph time of the speediest Kia EV6 GT we've tested earned it the crown as the quickest car from the Korean Hyundai/Kia group, but now that a high-performance trim has been added to the Ioniq 5 lineup this year, there's a new king. The N blows the previously quickest Hyundai's time out of the water, which was set by an Ioniq 6 with a 4.3-second 60-mph time. The track-focused 5 is also 1.5 seconds quicker than the more civilized 320-hp all-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 (4.5 seconds).

In N guise, the Ioniq 5 wears 275/35ZR-21 Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires wrapped around 21-inch forged-aluminum wheels. Every N is all-wheel drive, and among its myriad drive settings, including its ability to mimic mechanical gearchanges while making fake Elantra N exhaust noise, torque can be split front to rear 11 different ways.

The quickest vehicle we've ever tested is the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale, a 986-hp plug-in-hybrid rocket that completed its launch to 60 mph in 2.0 seconds. Owning such a capable machine will run you more than $700K, enough moola to buy each player on the first and second lines of the Pittsburgh Penguins an Ioniq 5 N—including the backup goalie.

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While the Ferrari is quicker than every car we've tested, it might surprise you what EVs Hyundai's 641-hp quasi-hatchback can beat to 60 mph. Because being the "quickest Hyundai" doesn't sound too bragworthy, consider this context: the Ioniq 5 N is quicker to 60 mph than the BMW i4 M50 and Tesla Model 3 Performance and also just as quick to 60 as a $128K Lucid Air Touring that packs an extra 340 pound-feet of torque.

The N's 11.1-second quarter-mile at 123 mph is impressive too. That beats any AMG-badged EV we've tested, and it's a tenth behind the 834-hp Tesla Cybertruck Beast's time of 11.0 seconds flat. Against our favorite gas-powered hot hatches, the much heavier Ioniq 5 N destroys their quarter-mile times: Honda Civic Type R (13.5 seconds at 106 mph), Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition (13.0 seconds at 106 mph), and the Volkswagen Golf R with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (12.6 ticks at 110 mph). Of course, Hyundai's hardcore EV has roughly double the horsepower and costs more than all of them.

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Big Stoppers and Solid Range to Boot

The quickest Korean car also has the biggest brakes ever used to stop a Hyundai. The 4849-pound Ioniq 5 N has 15.7-inch rotors up front, more than two inches larger than what's used on Hyundai's huge three-row Palisade SUV. From 70 mph, the Ioniq 5 stops in 153 feet. That's just two feet shorter than the 5345-pound Lucid Air Sapphire (151 feet) which uses humongous 16.5-inch discs. Still, that puts the 5 N in good company with Lucid's $250K EV. Against a vehicle in its segment, such as the 5001-pound Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance, the Ioniq 5 N stops five feet sooner from 70 mph and six feet sooner from 100 mph.

The Ioniq 5 N delivers mega performance for its price, but its driving range also isn't as penalized as one might expect. During its 75-mph highway range test, the Ioniq 5 N made it 190 miles on a full charge, only 20 miles fewer than the 320-hp AWD Ioniq 5 we tested on the same loop. The N's ability to quickly recharge fits its speedy persona too. In our DC fast-charge test, it took 35 minutes to recharge its 84.0-kWh battery from zero to 90 percent.

We can't make any promises, but perhaps the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has a few hearts left to break at our next annual Lightning Lap track event. The EV6 GT ran VIR's 4.1-mile Grand Course with a 3:04.9. Hopefully, we get to find out.

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