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Hot Kia EV6 GT set for summer debut

The upcoming Kia EV6 GT is set to make its full debut this summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, ahead of customer deliveries arriving at the end of the year.

And Kia plans to really showcase what the GT can do by letting it tackle the famous Hillclimb at Goodwood House, West Sussex.

First thing’s first - what’s the GT version of the EV6 all about?

The regular EV6 is a futuristic-looking SUV-hatchback that has won a clutch of industry awards, including the 'Car of the Year' trophy at the UK's prestigious 2022 What Car? Awards.

In standard trim, there’s adequate power of 226 bhp and a range of up to 328 miles between charges, nearly challenging our top 10 long range electric cars of 2022

But then there’s also a range-topping ‘GT’ model which cranks the power up to 577 bhp - more than the coveted Audi e-tron GT. It’s also Kia’s most powerful production car to date, eclipsing the Kia Stinger GT S grand tourer.

The Kia EV6 GT will burst from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 162mph.

And when you punch the ‘GT’ button on the car’s steering wheel, it also optimises the braking, steering, suspension, electronic limited-slip differential and the stability control system for maximum fun. You can also individually tailor the car’s ride, handling and performance characteristics by selecting the 'My Drive’ mode.

While Kia is taking orders on the EV6 GT, it won’t actually hit UK roads until the back end of 2022.

But the GT will have its first public outing at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place 23-26 June.

As part of that appearance, the EV6 GT will tackle the iconic 1.16 mile Hillclimb, which has some 305ft of ascent and a gradient of almost 5%.

The lap record for the Hillclimb currently stands at 39.9 seconds - a time set by French racing driver and Porsche factory test pilot back in 2019 while driving the electric Volkswagen ‘I.D. R’, a 689 PS prototype that you might recall also appeared in an episode of BBC’s Top Gear in 2020.

A Kia spokesperson says: 

“The EV6 GT combines exhilarating performance, first-class long-distance travel capabilities, ultra-fast charging tech, and an impressive real-world driving range for effortless cross-country touring.”

There’s no official electric range for the EV6 GT just yet, though 263 miles should be achievable.

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Wednesday, 15/06/2022