Kia's New Electric SUV is Quicker Than Italian Supercars

Kia, with the successful launch of the handsome and quick EV6 electric vehicle, introduced on Friday the GT version at Monterey Car Week. It's faster and more powerful than the EV6 and comes with performance parts across the board.

"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," said Steven Center, COO and Executive Vice President, Kia America in a statement. "Moving toward our tailpipe zero-emissions goals has never been as exhilarating."

The Kia EV6 GT comes with the same 77.4kWh battery as the EV6, but the power is dialed up from 320 horsepower (hp) and 446 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque to 576 hp and 546 lb-ft. The EV6 GT can get to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, a 1.2-second improvement on the slower car.

The EV6 GT also features a sport suspension with adaptive dampers and other unique front suspension components. An electronic limited slip differential helps by sending power to the wheel with the most grip around a corner. Larger ventilated front and rear disc brakes with performance calipers are standard. The GT comes with Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted with 21-inch wheels.

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It has new drive modes too. The standard EV6 has Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow while the GT introduced Drift Mode, which only powers the rear wheels, the customizable My Drive Mode and GT Drive Mode. The GT mode puts the motors, braking, steering, suspension, e-LSD, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems into their most dynamic settings.

Like the standard EV6 the GT comes with an 800-volt electrical system good for a 70-percent charge in less than 18 minutes on a 350-kW charger. It has a range of 206 miles, compared to the all-wheel drive EV6's range of 274 miles. The rear-drive base model can go 310 miles before a recharge.

The cabin has a vegan suede-trimmed, lightweight performance front bucket seats with the 'GT' moniker and green piping. The GT adds including neon accents and a striped motif on the upper dashboard and front center armrest. Ambient lighting across the door panels, center console and dashboard is standard.

Safety features carry over from the EV6 including blind spot indicators, driver attention warning, emergency braking, high-beam assist, Highway Driving Assist II, which keeps a set distance from a car in front and centers the vehicle in the lane. Kia says the system will assist with lane changes too.

Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve uses the navigation system to lower the vehicle's speed proactively before upcoming curves in the road. Rear cross traffic alert is also standard.

The 2023 Kia EV6 GT goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2022 and all buyers will get a 1,000kWh charging credit at Electrify America stations over a three-year period. Pricing will be revealed close to launch; the current Kia EV6 starts at $41,400. The all-wheel drive EV6 starts at $51,400.