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The Kia EV6: The EV that caught our eye at Goodwood FOS

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Sandwiched between the new Audi RS E-tron and the Rimac Nevera, sat a futuristic car that wouldn’t look out of place in Back to the Future 2. The shape, colour and overall look certainly caught our eye and then we saw it was a Kia we had to have a closer look!

The EV6 is the first fully electric car from Korean manufacturer, Kia, and starts the ‘Plan S’ strategy, which includes the introduction of a range of eleven electric cars by 2026. We suspect the car is based of the already successful Hyundai IONIQ tech.

Kia EV6 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Kia EV6 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Kia EV6 on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed is representative of the entry-level UK specification rear-wheel drive model, powered by a 168kW (226bhp) electric motor on the rear axle.

Entry-level Specs

  • Range: Up to 316 miles from a 77.4kWH battery pack
  • Charge: 10-to-80 per cent in 18 minutes, or to add 60 miles of range in under five minutes when plugged into a 350kW ultra-fast charger.
  • Trim levels: Four
  • Wheels: Dark grey 19-inch alloy wheels with diamond-cut finish
  • Interior:
    • Vegan leather upholstery
    • Ambient lighting
    • Heated front seats and steering wheel
    • Dual automatic air conditioning
    • Curved panoramic touchscreen display
  • Tech:
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Rain-sensing front wipers
    • Engine Start/Stop button
    • Smart Entry System
    • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Advanced driving aid systems:
    • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with city, pedestrian, cyclist and junction-turning functionality
    • Highway Driving Assist
    • Drive Mode Select

The EV6 is based on revolutionary E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) technology, which allows for a flat floor and class-leading internal dimensions, evoking a spacious and relaxing cabin.

The EV6 ‘GT’ models

The sports-inspired EV6 ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models further up the ante with yet more technology on-board plus the option of a more powerful twin-motor all-wheel drive powertrain. UK customer deliveries of the new Kia EV6 will commence from October 2021 for ‘EV6’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Now what we’re really looking forward to seeing is a further range-topping and high-performance ‘GT’ model will join EV6 range in 2022, powered by twin motors producing an impressive combined 430kW (577bhp) and all-wheel drive as standard. This helps launch the EV6 ‘GT’ from 0-60mph in a physics-defying 3.5 seconds.*

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