The new Kia EV6 is a BEV that can do 0-100kph in 3.5sec

Take note, Tesla and Porsche
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 30, 2021
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This is it, people. If you’ve been waiting for Kia to fully unveil the EV6, then here you have it. The Korean carmaker has officially pulled the wraps off of its newest EV in its full production form.

It looks similar to what Kia showed us a few weeks back, only the EV6’s final form shows us a slightly tweaked front bumper. The ‘Digital Tiger Face’ up front—the reinterpretation of Kia’s tiger-nose grille—has been retained, and so is the lightbar out back.

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Inside, the EV6 can now be seen sporting a dark finish highlighted by those rather snazzy yellow-green accents. But for the most part, the cabin still has the same elements we saw the last time around. There’s the new Kia badge on the tiller, all the buttons and knobs on the dash and the center console, and of course, the massive screen mounted front and center.

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Now, what we really want to talk about are the powertrain options. Yes, plural. The EV6 is the first Kia to be built on the carmaker’s new dedicated EV platform. There are a few configurations to choose from, all of which are quite impressive.

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There’s a 77.4kWh battery available with either a 226hp 2WD setup with a single motor up front, or a two-motor, 321hp AWD layout. The latter boasts 605Nm of torque and is capable of up to 510km of range in a single charge and 0-100kph in 5.2sec.

Another option available is the 58.0kWh battery pack that can be had with a 167hp FWD or a 232hp AWD setup. The AWD models also pack 605Nm and can do 0-100kph in a slower but still impressive 6.2sec.

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The highlight of the roster, though, is the new EV6 GT. This one packs a 577hp, 740Nm dual-motor setup. This version of the EV6 can do 0-100kph in 3.5sec, which is faster than the base Porsche Taycan and merely 0.7sec slower than the quicker and more powerful Turbo S.

“The GT version of EV6 demonstrates our technological leadership through its combination of outstanding high-speed charging and acceleration performance like a super sports car,” said Hyundai Motor Group R&D Division president and head Albert Biermann. “With our dedicated EV platform, there is no need for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and performance.”

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Kia’s latest electric creation also supports 800V ultra-fast charging. In other words, this thing can charge from 10-80% in just 18 minutes, or about 100km in less than 4.5 minutes. Ultra-fast, indeed.

The EV6, as expected, also comes with a bunch of toys. There’s an augmented-reality heads-up display system, a 14-speaker Meridian surround audio system with Kia’s new active sound design, and a host of safety features.

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The new EV comes equipped with a safe exit assist feature that, after coming to a stop, warns the driver or passenger of any approaching vehicle from behind. There’s also lane-following assist, highway driving assist 2, and remote smart parking assist, to name but a few.

“EV6 is the embodiment of the new Kia. It is born to inspire every journey, through bold design, progressive engineering, innovative technologies, and exciting electric performance,” said Kia president and CEO Ho Sung Song. “EV6 also represents the beginning of Kia’s long-term commitment to sustainable mobility, accelerating the transition not only to clean transportation, but also products, materials and manufacturing.”

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No word on pricing yet, but the South Korean-built EV6 will be available in select markets by the second half of the year. What’s your take on this new EV?

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