2023 Kia EV6 GT First Look Review: The Power To Surprise

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With 576 horsepower and a 3.4-second 0-60 time, the EV6 GT is the brand's most powerful production model ever.

Kia underwent a rebranding exercise not long ago that included a new logo and a fresh slogan. However, the new EV6 GT - with 576 horsepower from dual electric motors - lives up to the brand's older slogan, "The Power To Surprise," more than any other car we've seen from the Korean marque. This fully electric crossover is the most powerful production Kia ever and will leave some Ferraris eating its dust with a 0-60 mph time of just 3.4 seconds. Based on the Hyundai Group's E-GMP platform, which it shares with sibling vehicles like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60, the EV6 GT is laden with tech and advanced charging capabilities. Like the rest of the EV6 lineup, the GT boasts audacious styling and a spacious, technology-laden cabin. Even at over $60,000, the added dose of performance, and gimmicks like a Drift Mode, will surely justify the price increase for what is peak Kia performance, not just in the USA but the world over.

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When Is The Kia EV6 GT Coming Out?

This rapid crossover will be coming out imminently. The Kia EV6 GT's release date is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022, when it arrives as a 2023 model.

2023 Kia EV6 GT Price And Competition

The price of the 2023 Kia EV6 GT is $61,400 in the USA, which is actually a bit less than we expected. Still, over $60k for a Kia of this size will raise some eyebrows, but one must bear in mind the EV6 GT package as a whole - it's blisteringly quick and packed with features.

Rivals will include the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, which, as a 2023 model, will cost just under $70,000. The Kia is both more powerful and quicker than this competitor from the Blue Oval. The upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will also go up against the 2023 EV6 GT. Of course, we have to mention the Tesla Model Y Performance. Like the Ford, it also begins at just under $70,000, but it is also marginally slower than the Kia.

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New Kia EV6 GT Exterior And Colors

Although defined as a compact crossover, the bold Kia EV6 GT exterior design does a decent impression of mimicking a modern hatchback. It's a distinctive prospect with its floating roof design made possible by blacked-out A-pillars. The bulbous fenders hint at the power of the dual electric motors, and the GT version comes with sportier front/rear fascias, neon accents, and 21-inch wheels which are wrapped in Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

The changes to the exterior emphasize the impression of width, and a rear aero spoiler and diffuser are what most other road users will be seeing as the GT hurtles past slower traffic. Other standard exterior features include LED lighting, auto pop-out door handles that sit flush with the body when not in use, a smart power liftgate, and a power tilt/slide sunroof.

The following no-cost Kia EV6 GT colors will be available for the exterior: Yacht Blue and Runway Red. For $495, you can select Snow White Pearl or Aurora Black Pearl, while Steel Matte Gray costs $695.

Kia EV6 GT Dimensions

The dimensions of the Kia EV6 GT closely mirror those of the regular EV6. A 114.2-inch wheelbase is concealed in the body, which has a length of 184.8 inches. The width is 74.4 inches, and the height measures 60.8 inches.

At 4,795 pounds, the electric Kia EV6 GT is not exactly light, but that's no surprise considering that the battery alone weighs 1,052 lbs.

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Kia EV6 GT Engine And Performance

Kia's most powerful production car yet means business. With dual electric motors, the EV6 GT's specs work out to 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque combined. The AC synchronous permanent magnet motors propel the GT from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. To put that into perspective, that makes the Kia quicker than both the Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo, a result that was AMCI-certified.

Those gas-powered supercars will eventually pass the Kia as its top speed is 161 mph, but still, it's remarkably fast by EV standards. To underline the all-wheel-drive GT's performance status, it even comes with a Drift Mode that directs power to the rear wheels for some sideways action. Two new sounds form part of the Active Sound Design system to further add to the fun.

The new Kia EV6 GT crossover rides on uprated underpinnings that include a dedicated sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers. Dynamic damping control provides a blend of sporty handling and a composed ride, while the electronic limited-slip differential sends extra torque to the wheels with the most grip.


Range, Charging, And Battery Life

Equipped with a 77.4-kWh battery and 800V multi-charging architecture, the EV6 GT boasts some of the fastest charging speeds available in any EV. With a compatible 350-kW charger, the GT's battery can be replenished from 10 to 80% state of charge in under 18 minutes. At 50 kW, that time increases to 73 minutes, while normal AC charging at 11 kW takes seven hours and 10 minutes. According to EPA ratings, the EV6 GT will return 85/74/79 MPGe city/highway/combined, while the range is 206 miles on a full charge. That is well short of its Tesla rival and will likely limit the EV6 GT's appeal.

The EV6 GT can also be used as a power source with Vehicle-To-Load (V2L) with the Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) providing 1,900 watts to power everything from recreational equipment to electrical appliances and tools.


Kia EV6 GT Interior And Cargo

This is undoubtedly one of the Korean marque's best cabins. The Kia EV6 GT interior environment is both sporty and elegant, and there is plenty of space for occupants, even those in the second row; here, there is 39 inches of legroom.

Vegan suede covers the Kia EV6 GT's seats, and the front chairs are deeply bolstered buckets with green piping and the GT inscription. Neon accents and a striped motif that is found on the upper dashboard and front center armrest are also unique to the range-topping GT, differentiating the inside from lesser EV6s.

This is a generously equipped vehicle chock-full of the latest technologies. There is a 12.3-inch color panoramic curved display cluster and another 12.3-inch touchscreen interface that provides access to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, and SiriusXM.

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A premium Meridian sound system includes front/rear tweeters and a subwoofer, and multiple USB ports front and rear mean that everyone can keep their devices charged.

Comfort and convenience items include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and wireless phone charging. Kia hasn't skimped on safety as the GT comes with a full suite of driver assists like front/rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic lane changing, and a surround-view monitor. In total, the GT has 20 standard active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The Kia EV6 GT's cargo space behind the second row measures 24.4 cubic feet, and this expands to a useful 50.2 cubes when the rear seats are folded.


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