2023 KIA EV6 GT sportscar-rivaling performance debuts at Quail

The Kia EV6 GT, the fastest and most powerful version of the electric crossover, made its North American debut today at The Quail before its US launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The EV6 GT was introduced in March 2021 with the rest of the lineup, but it's not yet available in the US.

Visually, the GT is distinguished by its 21-inch wheels, intake pattern, front bumper chrome accents, and rear bumper reflectors. The rest of the sporty bodykit is shared with the GT-Line.

Visually, the GT is distinguished by its 21-inch wheels, intake pattern, front bumper chrome accents, and rear bumper reflectors. The rest of the sporty bodykit is shared with the GT-Line.

Neon-colored brake calipers are also unique. Inside, vegan suede bucket seats with neon green piping match the dashboard.

The EV6 GT uses the E-GMP modular architecture, just like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which will soon get an N-branded version. Dual electric motors, one on each axle, produce 577 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque for all-wheel drive.

Kia's fastest production model accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, leaving most sports cars in the dust. Top speed is 260 km/h (161 mph), which is fast for an EV but lower than the ICE-powered Kia Stinger GT.

The EV6 GT has a 77.4 kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese battery that can go 206 miles (332 km). According to Kia, a 350 kW charger can recharge the 800V battery pack in 18 minutes.

The GT-specific chassis has a sportier active suspension, an e-LSD, larger front and rear disc brakes, quicker steering, and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

The driver gets additional driving modes (GT and My are added to Eco, Normal, Sport, Snow), a Drift Mode that sends all power to the rear axle, and two new sound options in the Active Sound Design menu.

Kia will announce EV6 GT pricing closer to its fourth-quarter launch. All EV6 buyers in the US receive a three-year, 1,000-kWh charging credit at Electrify America stations.

The GT-Line e-AWD is the priciest EV6 in the US at $56,400. In Germany, where the regular Kia EV6 costs €46,990, the GT costs €69,990.