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Kia all-electric EV6 GT: 576 hp and surprisingly sophisticated design

What snazzy new hatchback crossover can out-accelerate a Ferrari Roma or Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD? Kia says it's the brand's new 576-hp, all-electric EV6 GT. Featuring higher-end styling cues and dual electric motors, the EV6 GT can hit 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 sec -- and it's got a pretty sweet, racing-inspired interior too. This is Kia's first vehicle built from the ground up to be all electric.

Kia America revealed the EV6 GT performance crossover for the first time in North America at The Quail, a high-end Motorsports Gathering, in August, where the new model -- the most powerful Kia production vehicle ever produced -- tried hard to hold its own amongst all the supercars on display.

The EV6 GT raises the threshold of performance for the EV6 lineup, with a dual-motor e-AWD powertrain that sends power to all four wheels. An energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack serves a front-mounted 160-kW motor, combined with a rear-mounted 270-kW motor, to produce a combined power output of 430 kW (576 hp) and 546 lb-ft of torque. The top speed is 161 mph. Independent testing performed by a leading third-party company confirmed the EV6 GT could outgun the Ferrari or Lamborghini. Range is around 300 miles on a charge, if drivers don't try out the EV6 GT's impressive drag racing times.

Performance upgrades that define the EV6 GT include a dedicated sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers and unique front suspension performance components. Dynamic damping control offers sporty handling and a balanced, comfortable ride. Traction and stability are enhanced by an electronic Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD) when cornering by directing torque to the wheels, providing the most grip. Larger ventilated front (15-in.) and rear (14.2 in.) disc brakes with monoblock calipers are standard. Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted with 21-in. alloy wheels are also standard on the EV6 GT.

The EV6 GT introduces GT Drive Mode, My Drive Mode, and Drift Mode, in addition to the Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow drive modes offered on other EV6 models. GT Drive Mode optimizes the performance of the EV6 GT's motors, braking, steering, suspension, e-LSD, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems into their most dynamic settings. Drivers can also create custom-tailored settings to suit individual driving preferences using My Drive Mode.

Kia says the EV6 GT benefits from the ability to recharge at a pretty fast clip. It features 800-V fast-charging capabilities, which enable drivers to replenish 80% of battery capacity in under 18 minutes at 350-kW chargers. The EV6 GT features a strong body structure that utilizes 75% high-strength steel and ultra-high-strength steel, as well as the world-first, mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA) to enhance durability and handling, combining wheel bearings with the drive shaft to save weight.

The EV6 GT also showcases the world-first patented multi-charging system supporting 400-V and 800-V DC charging, which works on DC chargers with speeds ranging from 50 to 350 kW. Innovative Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality makes the EV6 GT a power source on wheels to support everything from home improvement projects to camping and tailgating. Electricity flows from the high-energy battery to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU), providing 1,900 W of power to electrical appliances, devices, tools, and recreational equipment.

Design-wise, a long wheelbase and short overhangs maximize interior space with a flat floor; underfloor mounted battery placement enables a low center of gravity for stability.

Subtle exterior and interior flourishes distinguish the EV6 GT. Front and rear fascias unique to the GT emphasize vehicle width, and a rear aero spoiler and a diffuser complete the GT transformation. Bespoke 21-in. alloy wheels feature neon-accented brake calipers.

Inside, vegan suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered performance front bucket seats are inscribed with the GT moniker and green piping. Premium, EV6 GT-only touches adorn the cabin, including neon accents, lightweight front bucket seats, and a striped motif on the upper dashboard and front center armrest. Ambient lighting across the door panels, center console, and dashboard delivers a soothing glow.

The EV6 offers a wide array of standard and available technology features, and a roster of standard and available features that enhance safety and convenience. As part of Kia's overall commitment to safety, the EV6 has a comprehensive list of 20 standard active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

When it goes on sale in Q4 2022, the 2023 EV6 GT will be available nationwide at Kia retailers. All EV6 GT buyers will receive a charging credit of 1,000 kWh at Electrify America stations, usable over a three-year period. Vehicle pricing has not been released, but we would estimate the EV6 GT will start at between $60,000 and $70,000. An EV6 base model is also available with a single motor and a smaller battery, along with other configurations.

Source: Kia

Published November 2022

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