U.S.-bound 2023 Kia EV6 GT: 5 features that set it apart

Update: ‘GT-specific chassis and components,’ ‘GT-specific chassis and components,’ ‘Most powerful road-legal Kia ever,’ and ‘Year-end launch in the United States’ sections revised.

The 2023 Kia EV6 GT (not to be confused with the EV6 GT-Line) will be the South Korean brand’s biggest launch for performance enthusiasts since the Stinger GT. Electric vehicles are often seen as staid and boring, but the GT variant of the EV6 proves that they can be just as fun and capable as the sportiest ICE models. Here are five things that set it apart from the regular variant which should excite American electric car buyers:

1. Fast-paced exterior styling

The 2023 Kia EV6 GT looks sportier than the current EV6. However, it’s not strikingly more aggressive or dynamic, especially if you see it alongside the latter’s GT-Line S grade (available in the UK). The GT variant sports unique bumpers, exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, special neon brake calipers, and a distinctive rear diffuser. Performance is not as hard to achieve in EVs as in combustion-engined vehicles, especially in the case of the bespoke Hyundai E-GMP platform. Perhaps that’s the communication Kia intends by keeping the styling changes subtle.

2. Special interior styling of the 2023 Kia EV6 GT

The interior of the 2023 Kia EV6 GT has several unique touches to be more driver-friendly and maintain the sportier theme set by the exterior. Suede-trimmed, deeply bolstered bucket seats instill confidence during spirited driving. Metal inserts carrying GT inscription, green piping, and a striped motif on the upper fascia and front center armrest are the other visual highlights on the inside.

3. GT-specific chassis and components

Kia has stiffened the EV6′ chassis for its GT variant. To improve the steering response and precision, the company has reduced the steering ratio. The company has used a dedicated sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers and unique front suspension performance components. An Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (e-LSD) to offer more traction and stability when cornering is also exclusive to the GT variant.

4. Exclusive drive modes & sounds

In addition to the familiar Eco, Normal, and Sport drive modes, Kia offers GT Drive Mode, My Drive Mode, and Drift Mode in the 2023 Kia EV6 GT. GT Drive Mode mode automatically puts the motors, brakes, steering, suspension, e-LSD, and ESC into their most dynamic setting. Of course, drivers can customize the functioning of each of these systems. Drivers can access GT Drive Mode via a paddle behind the steering wheel.

My Drive Mode is to customize the settings as per individual preferences. The Drift Mode allows controlling the driving experience further. The driver can adjust how much power goes to the rear wheels using this mode. The Active Sound Design feature includes two additional sounds unique to the GT variant.

5. Most powerful road-legal Kia ever

The 2023 Kia EV6 GT is the brand’s most powerful production car. Two motors, a 160 kW unit to spin the front wheels and a 270 kW unit to turn the rear wheels, deliver 576 hp of total power and 546 lb.-ft. of total torque. The electronic-Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD) improves traction and stability while cornering.

A 0-60 mph sprint in the Kia EV6 GT takes just 3.4 seconds, and the top speed is 161 mph. The new high-performance EV from Kia out-paced the Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo supercars in a 0-60 mph acceleration test conducted by independent automotive research firm AMCI Testing. Kia equips the EV6 GT with Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires and larger ventilated front (15-inch) and rear (14.2-inch) disc brakes with monoblock calipers as standard.

A 77.4 kWh battery pack is standard in the EV6 GT and provides a WLTP range of 424 km (263 miles). Charging it from 10 to 80% takes as little as 18 minutes. The EPA-est. range is likely to fall between 200 and 225 miles.

Year-end release in the United States

The 2023 Kia EV6 GT will be available at dealers across the U.S. from Q4 2022 (October-December 2022). Expect its base price to be above USD 60,000. The model’s production at the S.Korean plant will commence in September 2022, Kia confirmed in a press release on April 7, 2022

The standard EV6 is a strong performer in the U.S., consistently registering around 2,000 units in monthly sales. Kia started EV6 sales in February 2022, and by July 2022, it delivered 14,284 units. March 2022 was the best month for the EV6 in the country, with 3,156 units shipped. Sales will likely grow in a few months as supplies increase and stabilize. Eric Watson, vice president, sales operations, Kia America, told Automotive News in June 2022 that the EV6’s sales performance has exceeded the company’s initial expectations.

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