Exclusive: Kia Won't Rule Out EV6 GT Performance Upgrades

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The fun has only just begun.

The 2022 Kia EV6 will be arriving in showrooms in all 50 states next year. By contrast, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will initially only launch in the 12 ZEV states, including California, Colorado, New York, and Vermont. Also unlike the Ioniq 5, the EV6 offers a supercar-rivaling high-performance spec, the EV6 GT.

It has potentially game-changer status and recently smashed Tesla's Guinness World Record for the shortest coast-to-coast charging time. With all-wheel drive, 577 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque on tap, a 0-62 mph time of around 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 162 mph, the EV6 GT will set you back just under $60,000. Not bad at all.

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But we were wondering if the EV6 range-topper could go even faster. That's one thing we asked Kia's VP of marketing for North America, Russell Wager, at this year's LA Auto Show. He didn't outright answer our direct question but hinted (with a slightly mischievous smile) that there's more to come.

"The GT we get below 3.5 seconds [to 60]. Now what you're saying is that the best you can do with that. So to answer it this way: we did our quarter-mile run of this thing against all the supercars," he said. "For every single one except for the McLaren [it beat them]. So, for now, it's not bad. I think that's pretty good. But we'll always be looking for more performance. Nothing is impossible here."

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It's too early to know whether any possible performance upgrades can be done via over-the-air or if improved batteries are necessary, but it's sure nice knowing Kia is far from finished. Think of it like this: the typical new vehicle lifespan is about five to six years these days, and there's the midlife refresh. You get the idea.

The EV6 program, in general, will be quite the learning curve for Kia as it delves into the world of electrification. The EV9 concept, revealed at the show, is expected to make production in the not too distant future. It's doubtful it'll spawn a high-performance GT variant. But we asked Wager about a possible hardcore off-road version. His response was that same smile.

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