When Kia first announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker, there was a lot of curiosity about the next model to be added to the lineup. The Plan S Strategy and the Kia CEO Investor Day announced the goal of having 14 BEV models by 2027, with two BEVs released per year between 2023 and 2027. In 2021, the Kia EV6 was revealed and the EV6 First Edition model was sold out in days. Based off of the EV6 GT series, this is the pinnacle of Kia electric vehicle (EV) performance. It’s also a strong testament to the goal of making high-performance EVs the next big thing in the auto market.
“The EV6 GT ushers in the next chapter of the Plan S electrification story for Kia, elevating the EV6’s thrilling performance and effortless drivability beyond expectations…Moving toward our tailpipe zero-emissions goals has never been as exhilarating.” – Steven Center, COO and Executive Vice President, Kia America
During the North America at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the 576 HP EV6 GT performance crossover made its appearance for the first time alongside other supercars from around the world during the annual Monterey Car Week. A proud moment for Kia, the EV6 GT is known to be powerful, but a supercar? That is an interesting category to place it in, and if true, what does that mean for other models to be built on the award-winning E-GMP modular platform?
Powered by an energy-dense 77.4-kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack powers a 160kW motor and a rear-mounted 270kW motor to produce an output of 30 kW (576 HP) and 546 lb-ft of torque. Able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 161 mph, the EV6 is a wonder of its own, able to out-compete a Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD. Thanks to its all-wheel drive (AWD), controlled by an electronic Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD), the wheels with the most grip get the most power for those sharp turns, riding on Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted to 21-inch alloy wheels.
When it comes to recharging this high-performance EV, the EV6 GT also gets to show off the world-first patented multi-charging system supporting 400v and 800v DC charging. Able to handle DC charging speeds from 50kW to 350kW, the EV6 from 20-80 percent of its range in a matter of minutes. This convenience is one of the many great features of the EV6 for the driver of today. The interior comes with vegan suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered performance front bucket seats and premium touches such as neon accents, lightweight front bucket seats with ambient lighting across the door panels, center console and dashboard delivers a soothing glow. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, a wide sunroof, and a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system are also available features for the EV6 GT.
Kia Corp doesn’t just make high-performance vehicles, they also produce safe vehicles. With 20 standard active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featured on the Kia EV6, the electric crossover covers all of its bases. Not yet available, set to hit showroom floors nationwide during the fourth quarter of 2022, look for the Kia EV6 GT at Miami Lakes Automall Kia soon.
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