The standard EV6 has already proven a success for Kia in a market that was still fearful of EVs just a year ago. The EV6 went on sale earlier this year and had 14,284 sales by July. It uses Hyundai Motor GroupE-GMP architecture and shares a platform with the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

While the base EV6 uses a single motor, rear-wheel drive and a 58-kilowatt-hour battery, the GT will use a larger 77.4-kWh battery and come with two motors and all-wheel drive.

This battery also appears on two top-of-the-line trims of the standard EV6. But the EV6 GT relies on a more powerful 160kW front motor and 70kW rear motor.

The extra muscle sucks some of the EV6’s battery, which is no surprise. While the awd version of the EV6 gets 276 miles on a full charge, the EV6 GT drops to 206 miles. However, its 800-volt architecture recharges 70 percent battery capacity in less than 18 minutes when connected to a 350 volt DC fast charger.

The GT also has other performance-oriented changes, including a stiffer chassis, a sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and an electronic limited-slip differential for cornering traction and stability.

It also gets large ventilated front and rear disc brakes with monobloc four-piston calipers and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires on 21-inch wheels.

The EV6 GT will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter. The price is not disclosed.

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