We’re mere months away from the arrival of the Kia EV6 GT into New Zealand, bringing with it supercar-like performance.
Just how quick is it?
Drivers can expect to be pinned in their seats at the touch of the throttle in the GT with power stated at 430kW while there is 730Nm of torque.
Acceleration from 0 to 100km/h can be achieved in 3.5 seconds while reaching a top speed of 260km/h. That makes the GT the quickest model Kia has ever offered.
Kia says the GT’s total power is 80 per cent higher than the standard EV6 courtesy of a specifically designed dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain which combines a 160kW front-axle-mounted electric motor with a 270kW rear-axle-mounted unit.
Powering the motors is a 77.4kWh battery pack which is now capable of charging from 10 to 80 per cent in as few as 18 minutes. A full charge offers 424km of range.
Suspension, platform and exterior
Suspension components and electronic drive systems have also undergone changes to support the increase in power including body roll mitigation when cornering and squat limitation during acceleration and braking. New springs and a 15 per cent stiffer rear anti-roll bar both contribute to these factors.
Kia’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) ensures weight is spread evenly with a ratio of 49:51 front to rear.
An electronic-Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD) comes unique to the EV6 GT alongside Electronic Control Suspension (ECS) that is said to deliver both agility and comfort.
Bigger brakes have been fitted to suit the increase in power including ventilated 380mm front discs and 360mm rears.
To complement its performance, the GT has been given variant exclusive exterior features like 21-inch alloy wheels, green brake calipers as well as bumper and diffuser extensions. A rear spoiler is also fitted to the model.
Inside, occupants are greeted with dual curved 12.3-inch infotainment displays, unique GT badging, suede-trimmed bucket seats and plenty of cabin space courtesy of the E-GMP platform with its flat floor design.
A button on the two-spoke steering wheel dials up a host of drive modes including Eco, Normal and Sport while a new GT drive mode automatically configures the electric motors, brakes, steering, semi-active dampers, e-LSD and ECS into their sportiest settings. There’s even a drift mode.
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The Kia EV6 GT is available to order now, with local deliveries anticipated to begin in early 2023.
More information about the model can be found here.