New Kia EV6 GT engineered to compete with supercars and optimised for performance

Based on the award-winning E-GMP modular platform, the EV6 GT elevates the discourse and expands the limits surrounding electric performance vehicles.

The new Kia EV6 GT boasts a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor.

If features Drift Mode that unlocks increased capacity and performance, as well as larger diameter disc brakes with quad-piston front callipers, stiffened chassis, quicker ratio steering, electronically adjustable controlled suspension, and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (e-LSD). Unique front and rear fasciae, neon accents and 21-inch wheels set the EV6 GT apart, with unique racing-inspired sport bucket seats and neon green dash accents.

It offers a world-first 800V multi-charging architecture that enables ultra-fast DC charging to recharge 10% to 80% state-of-charge in under 18 minutes.

Kia revealed the EV6 GT performance crossover for the first time in the USA last week at The Quail. The presence of the EV6 GT alongside supercars from around the world during the annual Monterey Car Week celebrations solidifies Kia’s place among the fastest and most sophisticated players.

The arrival of the EV6 GT, the most powerful Kia production vehicle yet produced, marks a new era for electrification and the Kia brand.

Electric performance dialed to a new level

The EV6 GT raises the threshold of performance for the already potent EV6 line-up, 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 160kW motor, combined with a rear-mounted 270kW motor, to produce a combined power output of 430kW and 740Nm.

The EV6 GT accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, and top speed rises to 258km/h. In independent testing performed by leading third party AMCI, the EV6 GT out-accelerated a Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD.

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. With the push of a button on the steering wheel, GT Drive Mode optimises the performance of the EV6 GT’s motors, braking, steering, suspension, e-LSD and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems into their most dynamic settings.

The EV6 GT benefits from the ability to recharge at a rate similar to its eye-opening acceleration. It features 800V fast charging capabilities, which enables drivers to replenish 80% of battery capacity in under 18 minutes at 350kW chargers.

Subtle exterior and interior flourishes distinguish the EV6 GT. Front and rear fasciae unique to the GT emphasise vehicle width, and a rear aero spoiler and a diffuser complete the GT transformation. Bespoke 21-inch alloy wheels with neon-accented brake callipers communicate the high-performance credentials and stopping power of the EV6 GT.

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 centre armrest. Ambient lighting across the door panels, centre console and dashboard delivers a soothing glow.

The groundbreaking Kia EV6 has exceeded all expectations, winning not only the German Premium Car of the Year award in October 2021, but also the 2022 European Car of the Year Award, and creating global demand that has seen order lists of thousands of units in several markets across the world. The EV6 is still under consideration for a South African introduction, and while a local launch date has not been set, the available number of units will be small initially.

Source: MotorPress

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