Kia is one of the automotive brands that has improved the most in recent years. It’s come a long way with its lineup of internal combustion engine vehicles, and recently Kia has also ventured into the EV space – and produced some popular EVs.
Not content with just selling boring EVs, Kia is now exploring the performance EV segment. The EV6 GT is a super-fast EV from Kia that will make you rethink the definition of a sports car.
What is the Kia EV6 GT?
The Kia EV6 GT is the sexiest version of Kia’s regular EV6 electric vehicle. The EV6 produces 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque in its twin-motor configuration.
As such, the EV6 is a very fast car, but the EV6 GT goes even further with its 576 horsepower and 545 foot-pounds of torque. The EV6 GT is better in terms of performance, but range suffers greatly.
Kia claims the Wind AWD version can go 282 miles on a full charge, while the GT can only go 206. That’s a big sacrifice in range for performance. However, for those looking to buy an EV6, the extra performance may be worth it.
1. Free Charging at Electrify America
The Kia EV6 is one of the few electric vehicles that will benefit from free charging. According to the Electrify America newsroom, the purchase of a Kia EV6 GT qualifies for 1,000 kWh of free charging at Electrify America stations.
Kia EV6 GT buyers can access 1,000 kWh of free charging through the Electrify America app.
That’s a fair amount of free juice from Electrify America, though it’s not as plentiful as the years of free charging that other EV makers include with some EVs.
Either way, it’s great to have free charging on Electrify America’s super-fast network, especially since you can charge your Kia EV6 GT from 10% to 80% in a blazing-fast 18 minutes. Road trips are possible in the EV6 GT, though the 206-mile range is a bit on the low side.
2. 576 two-motor horsepower
The main reason to buy the GT version of the Kia EV6 is the extreme speed that Kia has designed. The normal two-motor setup tops out at 320 horsepower, which should be plenty for most people.
But the GT takes it to an entirely different stratosphere with a screaming 576 horsepower. The EV6 GT is also equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential to make the most of all that power.
Kia isn’t messing around with the GT version of its attractive crossover. With such power, the EV6 GT will stand out from the elite group of electric vehicles with performance that can compete with internal combustion sports cars.
Another great thing about the EV6 GT is that it doesn’t look that different from a standard car, so most people won’t know you’re driving a super-fast version.
3. 0-60 MPH in 3.4 Seconds
Kia boasts that the EV6 GT is faster than some Lamborghini and Ferrari models in the 60 MPH sprint. One of the greatest qualities of electric cars is that they have made crazy performance (at least in terms of acceleration) very accessible to the masses.
The fastest cars on the road today are EVs, and they outperform more expensive vehicles because of the instant response of electric motors. Before, if you wanted to experience 3.4-second acceleration to 60 MPH, you needed a supercar, but now you can buy an electric Kia that will do just that.
Electric cars have really opened the doors to performance for more people. The only downside that EVs still have to overcome is the added weight. However, it’s when the batteries start to wear thin that these performance EVs really start to shine.
4. V2D (Vehicle to Device) Function
The EV6 GT isn’t necessarily one of the best touring EVs you can buy, but it does have one surprising feature that will make it stand out if you’re going camping.
V2D functionality allows the EV6 GT to power your devices using battery power. Kia says the vehicle can deliver up to 3.6kW of power for whatever you want to connect to the vehicle’s battery, as long as the draw is below the maximum allowed by the vehicle.
Details like these are what make electric cars far superior to traditional cars in most cases. You probably won’t power an entire campsite with your EV6 GT, but having the ability to draw power from your car in an emergency is a nice luxury.
5. Special bucket seats
The interior of the Kia EV6 is very pleasant. There’s the all-important large touchscreen that stretches from the driver’s side to the passenger area and some really nice touches like a floating center console.
But the EV6 GT goes a step further with plenty of interior touches that set it apart. The biggest difference is the amazing bucket seats with contrasting green detailing and stitching.
They hold the driver in place, and at the speeds the Kia EV6 GT can do, seats like these are a necessity. Kia has outdone itself with the EV6 GT’s racing-style seats, but the fact that they’re manually operated might put some people off, especially considering the EV6 GT’s price tag , which is not good.
Honestly, manually operated seats shouldn’t be a deal breaker, especially since power seats are mostly gimmicks. They are slow and large, and they add weight. But many people will be annoyed by this omission.
6. Drift Mode
The main idea of cars like the EV6 GT is that you can have fun with them. But, in the end, what’s the point of buying the sportiest version of a car if it’s not really fun to drive? In this regard, Kia had the consumer in mind when designing the EV6 GT.
Kia has included a Drift mode in the EV6 GT, which is sure to bring a lot of smiles from drivers and passengers. Drift mode isn’t a new phenomenon in the automotive world, but it’s still great to see Kia happy to include this feature, especially in an electric vehicle.
The EV6 GT is a high-performance electric vehicle
The performance EV segment is full of great options, but the EV6 GT really stands out. The vehicle’s form factor also sets it apart, offering practicality and performance.
If you’re looking for a practical electric vehicle that can compete with the best cars in terms of acceleration, the EV6 GT is a great choice.