During the 2022 CEO Investor Day virtual event, Kia announced a plan to expand the GT high-performance lineup to all of its battery-electric vehicle models.

The first GT BEV will be the upcoming Kia EV6 GT, shown in March 2021. It's the top-of-the-line version of the EV6, ready to race with some of the most expensive sports cars (see video above).

"Kia will also focus on providing differentiated design for its products and expanding high performance model offerings. Beginning with the launch of the EV6 GT high performance model, Kia plans to expand the GT line-up to all BEV models."

At the time, the company announced that the Kia EV6 GT will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, thanks to a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive system rated at up to 577 bhp (430 kW) and 740 Nm of torque.

For reference, the regular Kia EV6 with a 77.4 kWh battery and an all-wheel-drive system has up to 239 kW of power and 605 Nm of torque. It's good enough to accelerate 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds or so.

While the Kia EV6 GT is just around the corner, next year Kia will introduce a new flagship EV9 model - a large SUV. If all new BEVs are expected to get the GT version, the EV9 GT potentially will follow shortly.

Kia EV6 GT
Kia EV6 GT

Kia EV6 GT specs:

  • range: undisclosed
  • 77.4 kWh battery
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds
  • top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph)
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • peak system output of 577 bhp (430 kW) and 740 Nm of torque