The EV6 GT has 576 horsepower and it can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.4 seconds
A drift mode allows the EV6 GT to get sideways by sending power to the rear
This model will go on sale by the end of 2022
Kia unveiled the sportiest version of the EV6 electric crossover today at the Monterey Car Week ahead of its arrival in dealer showrooms by the end of the year.
Since the EV6 and its Hyundai cousin the Ioniq 5 have been introduced, rumours called for a more powerful version of these electric vehicles.
Kia is the first to confirm this by launching the EV6 GT earlier today. This upcoming version is the fasted and most powerful production vehicle to ever wear the Kia badge.
Based on the current top-of-the-line EV6, the GT adds more power to both the front and rear motor to increase the total output to 576 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque. This will allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in only 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 161 mph (259 km/h).
Kia even points out that the EV6 GT won an official AMCI-certified drag race against both the Ferrari Roma and the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder RWD.
To keep up with this performance, the suspension system of the EV6 is revised in order to receive electronically controlled dampers and an electronic limited slip differential that sends power to the wheels with the best grip while cornering.
Kia also gave the EV6 GT three new drive modes, one of which helps the driver to drift around corners by deactivating the front motor and the stability control system, thus making it possible to control the skid with the throttle.
The other modes include the GT mode, which dials all of the vehicle’s settings towards performance, and My Drive Mode, which allows the driver to personalize the driving experience by selecting different settings for each component.
In terms of appearance, the EV6 GT is not much different from other models in the lineup, except for the tweaked front and rear bumpers, an aero spoiler in the rear, lightweight front bucket seats, and a number of neon-green accents around the outside and the inside.
Kia has yet to announce the price or the electric range of this new sports model, but this information should be available fairly soon since it is set to arrive on sale in only a few months.