Watch The 576-HP Kia EV6 GT Tear Up The Autobahn

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As expected for an EV, there's a distinct lack of drama accompanying its performance.

Kia has been hard at work electrifying its range of cars and recently launched its most potent EV yet, the EV6 GT. This car is set to gradually replace the Stinger as the manufacturer's top performance model and promises tons of performance and some serious competition for rivals such as the Tesla Model Y. This performance-focused version of the EV6 range recently showed off its true potential in a YouTuber video posted by AutoTopNL, and we have to admit that its real-world performance is impressive. Taking on an unrestricted section of the famous Autobahn in Germany, the EV6 GT gathers speed with the quickness and utter lack of drama one would usually associate with a top Mercedes-Benz or even a Bentley.

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Before we get into the video, let's take a look at exactly what type of powertrain and claimed performance this Kia packs. The Kia EV6 GT is the most powerful production Kia ever and is based on Hyundai's E-GMP platform, which it shares with vehicles like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60. The EV6 GT tips the scale at a hefty 4,795 pounds (the battery alone weighs 1,052 lbs). Under that shapely body sits dual AC synchronous permanent magnet motors, which produce a combined 576 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels, and the end result is a claimed 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and an impressive top speed (for an EV) of 161 mph. The EV6 GT thoroughly eclipses the Stinger's best 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. What's more, Kia hasn't ruled out the idea of some performance upgrades, which could make this car even faster.


In the video, the EV6 GT gets to stretch its legs on the German Autobahn, and it's clear from the outset that this is one rapid vehicle. The EV6 GT reaches speeds in excess of 155 mph in no time. The acceleration video shows the car launching from what seems to be a damp road surface on its first attempt, but that doesn't stop the EV6 GT from reaching 60 mph in a scant 3.51 seconds, only a tenth off the manufacturer-claimed 3.4 seconds.

In this real-world test, the eighth-mile mark is crossed in 7.49 seconds, and the quarter-mile is covered in 11.64 seconds. The 60-130 mph run is timed at 11.53 seconds, and the half-mile is crossed in 18.54 seconds. In the final speed run, the EV6 GT reaches an indicated 165 mph, although the true speed may be different. These speeds are reached with brutal, clinical efficiency, but not everyone will enjoy the lack of drama.

Still, it's clear that Kia clearly means business with its new performance EV, and established players like Tesla better watch their backs.

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