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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Kia's Most Powerful Production Vehicle Can Outgun A Ferrari Roma


Move over, Stinger. Kia has just unseated its own rear-wheel drive sports sedan with this: the 2023 Kia EV6 GT. This all-electric crossover is now the fastest production Kia ever made.

Still running on the E-GMP platform (shared with the Ioniq 5), the EV6 GT comes with a dual-motor, electric all-wheel drive set-up that offers a combined output of 576 horsepower (214 horsepower at the front, 362 horsepower at the back) and 740 Nm of torque. With that, this does the century sprint in just 3.4 seconds and top speed is pegged at 260 km/h.

In fact, Kia is quick enough to say that the EV6 GT can out-accelerate the Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD.


Putting all that power to the ground, the EV6 GT relies on a dedicated sport suspension system with electronically-controlled dampers and unique tweaks to its front suspension. 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 monobloc calipers are standard. Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires fitted with 21-inch alloy wheels are also standard.

Its changeable drive modes add three more settings: GT Drive, My Drive, and Drift. With the push of a button on the steering wheel, GT Drive Mode optimizes the performance of the motors, braking, steering, suspension, e-LSD, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems into their most dynamic settings. The selectable Drift Mode, meanwhile, drivers to distribute power to the rear wheels. Two additional sounds unique to the EV6 GT join the roster of customizable Active Sound Design options.

Subtle exterior and interior flourishes distinguish the EV6 GT from the rest of the EV6 line. These include a rear aero spoiler and diffuser. Inside, vegan suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered performance front bucket seats are inscribed with the ‘GT’ moniker and green piping. The EV6 GT also gets interior neon accents, accentuated further by the ambient lighting.


Globally, the Kia EV6 GT will go on sale starting later this year. So far, Kia Philippines hasn’t revealed any plans to bring the EV6 to the Philippine market, although they will be unveiling an all-EV model based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV) platform. Separately, Hyundai Motor Philippines says they will be bringing their Ioniq 5 EV before the end of the year.

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