2023 Kia EV6 GT launching in This fall, lengthy testing program detailed
Kia’s much-anticipated EV6 GT electrical efficiency flagship will launch in Australia within the fourth quarter of this yr, with suspension calibrated each right here and on the Nurburgring.
The corporate’s new “dynamic halo” has undergone final-stage native tuning, having already been put by its paces by Kia Australia’s crew in Europe on the highway and, in league with Hyundai Motor Europe, on the famed Nurburgring for track-readiness.
Full particulars surrounding the EV6 GT‘s native specs and pricing will likely be introduced nearer to its launch, which isn’t far-off now, although we’ve been conditioned to anticipate a price ticket around the $100,000 mark. Quite a few $2000 deposits have already been positioned, Kia provides.
As we all know, the EV6 GT could have a dual-electric motor setup (all-wheel drive) producing 430kW of energy and 740Nm of torque. Kia quotes a 0-100km/h dash time of three.5 seconds and a high velocity of 260km/h.
The motors are hooked as much as a 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with driving vary a claimed 424km in response to WLTP testing.
For reference, the present Audi RS6 packs 441kW and 800Nm from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, hitting 100km/h from a standstill in a claimed 3.6 seconds on its method to a restricted high velocity of 280km/h (305km/h non-compulsory).
Maybe a extra direct comparability can be the Tesla Model 3 Performance, which has a 3.3-second dash time and a 261km/h high velocity – and retails for $84,900 plus on-road prices. Additional, its 547km claimed vary (WLTP) is kind of a bit greater than the Kia’s.
The Model Y Performance has a 3.7-second dash time, and it nonetheless beats the EV6 in vary with a WLTP declare of 514km.
The toughest-core EV6 GT options an digital limited-slip differential, steady damping management, a novel entrance bumper design, shiny inexperienced brake calipers, greater 380mm (entrance) and 360mm (rear) brakes, and 21-inch alloy wheels. There’s additionally a devoted Drift Mode.
Preliminary EV6 GT tuning was performed on and across the Nurburgring in Germany the place it was discovered to be “assured, grippy and steady”, in response to the corporate. Kia Australia’s product and tuning crew additionally travelled to Germany to seek for ‘B grade’ roads that come shut sufficient to replicating rural Australian surfaces.
Tuning in Germany “locked within the laborious components” together with the hydraulic tune for the shock absorbers and the Motor Pushed Energy Steering (MDPS). In Australia now, Kia is working on the “finishing touches” round Canberra and the higher Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
“Being given the chance so as to add a brand new dynamic halo to our vary, it was necessary we developed an Australian tune and never merely undertake a spec from one other market,” stated Kia Australia common supervisor of product Roland Rivero.
“The significance of our requirement for a localised and distinctive tune is supported by headquarters and permits Kia Australia considered one of solely 4 International Tuning Specs out there for EV6 GT.
“Regardless of the hurdles that confronted us, from the dearth of availability of a take a look at mule in Namyang to the impracticalities of Covid-19 restrictions in Korea requiring 7-days isolation, we negotiated an unprecedented new means of preliminary tuning in Germany after which advantageous tuning in Australia.
“We’re grateful for the help from HMETC (Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Middle) for permitting us to utilise their pre-production car and their amenities in Nürburg,” he completed.
Kia Australia’s journey and dealing with engineer Graeme Gambold, who has “localised” the journey of greater than 50 Kia fashions over the past 11 years, claims to be enthusiastic concerning the EV6 GT’s dynamics and efficiency.
“…Compliance on tough nation roads and importantly grip on uneven surfaces which is extra prevalent in Australia, has been addressed,” he stated.
“Always we had been conscious of the prevailing EV6 vary, which is already dynamically succesful. The GT needed to elevate the bar considerably and is a testomony to how far Kia has come from a car dynamics and efficiency perspective.
“It’s a assured GT which will be pushed laborious, pushed spiritedly, is forgiving on our roads and equally for the efficiency lovers, a really succesful GT on the observe when flicked to GT mode.”
As soon as the high-performance EV6 GT halo arrives, it’ll be a part of the prevailing Air and GT-Line trims within the vary. These regular EV6 models recently received a price rise by as a lot as $4600.
This implies the present native EV6 vary now begins at $72,590 earlier than on-road prices for the Air, and extends to $87,590 earlier than on-road prices for the GT-Line AWD.
Along with this value rise, Kia Australia just lately confirmed it is not going to supply value safety to present EV6 order holders who ordered earlier than the worth rise. This lack of value safety implies that present order holders might must bear the brunt of future value will increase as properly.
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