Kia officially unveils its 576-HP EV6 GT at Monterey Car Week

Those happy days of performance dominance will soon come to an end as Hyundai unleashes its performance crossover EV6 GT on North America. With 576 horses under the hood and a 0-60 of 3.4 seconds, not even a Huracan Evo can beat him off the assembly line.

Kia EV6GT
Hyundai Motor Group

The new EV6 GT is not to be confused with the existing one, although it is simple. From the outside they’re largely similar – bar the neon accents and 21-inch rims – but like story morals, puff pastries and spider egg sacks, it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. Where the GT-Line AWD offered a no-nonsense 320 hp (446 lb ft of torque) from its 165 kW front and 74 kW rear electric motors, the GT AWD goes two steps further and slams a 160 kW motor onto the front axle and a whopping 270 kW motor in the back to put out 576 hp and 546 lb ft of torque.

It does a 0-60 in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 161 MPH – that’s a tenth of a second faster than the Mach-E GT Performance Edition, which has 96 more horsepower. However, the Mustang offers more torque (600 lb ft to the EV6’s 546) and a much longer range, 270 miles at full Mach-E charge versus just 206 miles for the EV6 GT.

Kia EV6GT
Hyundai Motor Group

Like the rest of the EV6 lineup, the GT will benefit from Hyundai Group’s 800V electric architecture, which allows for rapid charging to 70 percent of battery capacity in 18 minutes at 350 kW. However, three new driving modes are exclusive to the GT: GT Drive, My Drive and (squeeeee) Drift Mode.

GT Drive “optimizes the performance of the EV6 GT engines, brakes, steering, suspension, e-LSD and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems to their most dynamic settings,” according to a Friday release. “Riders can also tailor settings to individual driving preferences in My Drive Mode.” The real fun begins with Drift Mode, which sends much of the power to the rear wheels for a fully electrified Hoon experience.

Kia EV6GT
Hyundai Motor Group

There’s no word on pricing yet, but it’s pretty safe to assume it’ll be north of the GT-Line AWD’s $56,400 MSRP (perhaps even more than the $62,000 Mach-E GT). We’ll find out when the EV6 goes on sale in Q4 2022.

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Russell Falcon

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