Kia Stuns Establishment With 576HP EV6 GT

Kia has stunned the performance car establishment at Monterey Car Week with the debut of the high-performance EV6 GT.

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The 576hp (430kW) EV6 GT is the most powerful model Kia has ever produced, and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 259km/h. The new model even features a ‘Drift Mode’, unleashing further dynamic performance.

Kia says the EV6 GT has been engineered to compete with the best performance cars on the planet and has been benchmarked for straight-line speed against supercars such as the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder.

Kia has revealed a 576hp (430kW) high-performance version of the EV6 electric crossover – the EV6 GT. Timed for impact among many established players in the performance car realm, the manufacturer says the presence of the EV6 GT alongside supercars from around the world during the annual Monterey Car Week celebrations solidifies its place among the fastest and most sophisticated players.

The EV6 GT is the most powerful Kia production vehicle produced so far and marks a new era for electrification and the Kia brand. Based on the carmaker’s E-GMP modular platform, the EV6 GT has been purpose engineered to expand the limits of the growing segment of electric performance vehicles.

The EV6 GT ups the stakes in terms of power, with a dual-motor e-AWD powertrain that pushes momentum through all four wheels. An energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese battery pack serves a front-mounted 160kW motor, combined with a rear-mounted 270kW motor, to produce a combined power output of 430kW (576 hp) and 740Nm of torque.

The EV6 GT accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, and top speed rises to 259km/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 performance upgrades that define the EV6 GT also 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 with most grip. Larger ventilated front (15-inch) and rear (14.2) disc brakes with monoblock calipers are standard. Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted with 21-inch alloy wheels are also standard on the EV6 GT.

The EV6 GT also introduces new driver engagement to the EV6 line through bespoke modes: GT Drive Mode, My Drive Mode, and Drift Mode, in addition to the Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow drive modes offered on other EV6 grades.

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. Drivers can also create custom-tailored settings to suit individual driving preferences using My Drive Mode. For an even more controllable driving experience, selectable Drift Mode allows drivers to distribute power to the rear wheels. Two additional sounds unique to the EV6 GT join the roster of customisable Active Sound Design options.

When the need to recharge arises, 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 percent of battery capacity in under 18 minutes at 350kW chargers.

Like all EV6 models, the EV6 GT is part of the Kia “Plan S” strategy to launch at least two battery-electric vehicles (BEV) per year and build a full line-up of 14 BEVs by 2027.  

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).

The Kia EV6 GT will go on sale in Northern Hemisphere markets towards the end of 2022. Further model information will be made available for the New Zealand market in the months ahead.

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