Electric vehicles represent a major shift in the automotive landscape. This fact is perhaps best exemplified in the new 2023 Kia EV6 GT – a battery-electric family crossover that produces 576 horsepower from its dual-motor powertrain, making it the most powerful Kia ever produced and giving it enough performance to outgun a brand-new Lamborghini Huracán Evo in a heads-up drag race.
The 2023 Kia EV6 GT will go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of this year, serving as a rival to other mainstream electric performance crossovers like the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and the upcoming Chevy Blazer EV SS. The main thing setting the EV6 GT apart from regular versions of the electric crossover is its standard 576-horsepower dual-motor powertrain, which consists of a 160 kW front motor and 270 kW rear motor. This setup enables the EV6 GT to hustle from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, according to the Korean automaker, and reach an eventual top speed of 161 mph. Internal tests that were overseen by a third-party judging agency revealed the EV6 GT can out-accelerate both a Ferrari Roma and a Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD, evidence of the strange yet fascinating situation the rapid emergence of EVs has created within the auto industry.
Providing power to the EV6 GT’s dual-motor powertrain is a 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, while a standard 800V system architecture allows drivers to replenish 80 percent of the battery’s capacity in under 18 minutes, as long as the vehicle is plugged into a 350 kW DC fast charging station. Range estimates have not yet been provided, however the 2022 model-year Kia EV6 AWD GT-Line has a predicted range of 274 miles using the same 77.4 kWh battery. This model produces 320 horsepower from its dual-motor powertrain, so it seems likely the 576-horsepower EV6 GT will have a bit less predicted range.
Other performance equipment helps to back up the near-600 horsepower motor setup in the EV6 GT, including standard sport suspension with electronically-controlled dampers, an electric limited slip differential, ventilated 15-inch front brakes and 14.2-inch rear brakes, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires and 21-inch alloy wheels. A dedicated “Drift Mode,” is standard, as well, which can switch off the AWD system and direct power to the rear wheels so drivers can light up the tires and perform some smoky, sideways slides. The interior is similar to the EV6 GT-Line’s, featuring suede-trimmed bolstered seats with green piping and stitching, ambient lighting and dual 12.3-inch infotainment/driver’s display screens.
Kia says it will confirm pricing for the 2023 EV6 GT as its official on-sale date in Q4 approaches.