They won’t all be able of such performance feats, for along with the top GT version expect a range of EV6s when it arrives in showrooms towards the end of this year. You will be able to get both rear- and all-wheel drive versions, and models with high performance or long-range motor and battery options, creating a range that is likely to span a wide section of the battery-electric market, from Volkswagen ID.4 to Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron GT. Prices are tipped to start below £50,000 but with flagship GT well above that.
Whichever version you go for, all EV6s offer a zero-tailpipe emissions drivetrain with 800-volt fast-charging ability, bolted inside Kia/Hyundai’s new dedicated electric car platform and clothed by a body previewing the company’s new “oppositive united” styling direction. Also expect a spacious cabin in the modern idiom: clean, minimalist lines, recycled materials, and digital everywhere.
The fastest and hero car of the range is the dual-motor EV6 GT which will do 162mph and get from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds – for reference, the Porsche Taycan 4S does the same spring in 4.0 seconds. Backing up the 577PS (430kW) is a meaty 740Nm (548kW) of torque delivered across both axles, the rear one with an electronic limited-slip differential. Kia says acceleration is eye-watering, though it should be noted it also says all performance figures are “development targets” only.