Kia says EV6 GT, the company’s most powerful production car ever and the new halo model for the brand, will be launched in Australia in January 2023 during the Australian Open tennis tournament.
“The GT will be a very exciting addition to the EV6 range and just like the Air and GT-Line models launched earlier this year, it is attracting a remarkable level of attention,” said Damien Meredith, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Australia.
“Here is a car that combines the power, performance and agility of a track worthy sports car, while also providing comfort, on road driveability and practicality for everyday use.
“A vehicle to be the brand halo of Kia and more.”
A front-axle-mounted motor delivers 160 kW and is paired with a powerful new rear-mounted motor producing 270 kW, to deliver a combined power output of 430 kW and 740 Nm of torque.
The total power output of the EV6 GT is 80 per cent higher than that of the next most powerful EV6 variant, the AWD dual-motor model, which has 239 kW and 605 Nm of torque (front and rear motors combined).
*Bolded highlights are new and exclusive to the EV6 GT variant.
Long range battery (77.4kwh)
LED tail lights
Acoustic film windscreen
Laminated (acoustic) front door glass
Solar glass (windshield + front door glass)
Privacy glass (rear doors and tailgate)
Auto folding flush door handles
Power folding mirrors
Gt body design with green brake callipers
Electronic controlled suspension (ECS)
E-limited slip differential
21″ alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres
IFS LED head lights with led DRLs
The Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS) uses the front view camera to recognise oncoming and preceding vehicles. The system reduces the rise of dazzling oncoming traffic or preceding vehicles with high beam by controlling individual LEDs within each headlight. In a Kia Australia first, vehicles with IFS also feature sequential indicators.
E-LSD (Electronic Limited Slip Differential) controls the differential functions of the rear wheels to help:
Improve steering performance when turning at high speed.
Improve launching performance.
Prevent slipping on rainy or snowy roads due to dissimilar friction of the left and right wheels.
The characteristics of the E-LSD varies according to the drive mode selected.
EV6 GT is Kia’s first fully electric GT vehicle and the second Kia model to feature Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS).
Electronic Control Suspension controls the vehicle dampers to maximise driving comfort/handling performance for the road conditions. The damping force is automatically adjusted according to vehicle speed, road surface, cornering, stopping and acceleration requirements.
The system also helps to mitigate roll when cornering or making high speed lane changes and can also limit squat and dive during rapid acceleration or braking.
GT Drive Mode automatically configures the vehicle’s e-motors, braking, steering, the semi-active dampers, e-LSD and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems into their most dynamic settings, transforming the character and response of the car, and providing a highly engaging experience.
Drivers can further tailor the various power and suspension control systems to suit their individual driving preferences by accessing the My Drive Mode.
Drift Mode (when activated) sends 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels to easily achieve sideways drifting with small steering angle. When exiting a corner, power can be distributed to the front wheels again to improve acceleration.
Kia said the 3x mode ESC Logic has been tuned extensively on roads in and around Sydney and Canberra with good differentiation between Normal / Sport / GT modes. It is well suited to typical Australian road and driving characteristics, providing excellent rough, urban and country road performance, handling and ride quality.
The GT variant of EV6 features double ball joint front suspension to allow for bigger brakes, and a virtual steering axis providing better steering feel:
New four-piston high performance calipers at the front – Neon Green
380mm ventilated front discs (325mm on Air and GT-Line)
360mm solid rear discs (325mm on Air and GT-Line)
EV6 GT gains its own variable gear ratio steering system, a highly communicative set-up that builds weight progressively as speeds increase. There are 2.3 turns lock-to-lock, compared to 2.67 for the standard EV6. In its most focused GT Mode setting, EV6 GT’s steering system has been specially calibrated for dynamic driving by increasing sensitivity to inputs and delivering more immediate responses.
Additional bracing has been added to GT for increased body stiffness, delivering improved vehicle response speeds and agile handling.
Dial type shifter (E-SBW)
Paddle shifter (Regen control)
Remote Folding second row seat release
LED interior lighting
Frunk LED light
Power windows auto (front)
Artificial leather steering wheel
Stainless steel luggage sill
64 colour ambient mood light
Active sound design
GT mode button on steering hheel
Artificial leather and suede bucket seats
CONVENIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS
Augmented reality head up display
Dual curved display (12.3“+12.3”)
14 speaker meridian sound system
Wireless phone charger
USB chargers in rear console
12V outlet in boot
Smart key and push button start
Dual zone climate control
Electro chromatic mirror
Heated steering wheel
Remote smart park assist
Smart power tailgate
Heated seats (front and rear)
AEB with junction turning
Blind spot detection and RCTA
LKA with lane following assist
Multi collision braking
Intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA)
TPMS – tyre pressure monitoring
Front and rear parking sensors
Electronic park brake
Tyre mobility kit
Smart cruise control with S&G
Blind spot view monitor
Power child lock
3d surround view camera