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Kia’s flagship EV6 GT lands in Australia for local testing ahead of its launch in the fourth quarter of 2022

Kia’s flagship electric EV6 GT has arrived in Australia for local testing and tuning ahead of its launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.

For Kia Australia’s chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, the program is an important contributing factor to the brand’s continuous growth Down Under.

“Tuning our vehicles to suit Australian conditions is a crucial feature in the local model line-up and can be significantly credited to the growth in our overall sales,” he said.

“The Kia EV6 Air and GT-Line models, introduced earlier this year, have already verified EV6 as the new halo for the Kia brand and have attracted an extraordinary level of interest.

Tuning our vehicles to suit Australian conditions is a crucial feature in the local model line-up and can be significantly credited to the growth in our overall sales.

“The challenge with the local tune of the GT variant is to go above and beyond what is already available in the very capable and award-winning EV6 GT-line.”

With international borders now open, the initial stages of tuning the EV6 GT were done in Europe with a very smooth road-biased and European-tuned car, then followed up on the track at the famous Nurburgring motorsports complex in Germany.

Road-ready for local conditions.
Camera IconRoad-ready for local conditions. Credit: Kia Australia

The finishing touches have recently been conducted back home around Canberra and the greater ACT area.

Kia Australia’s ride and handling engineer, Graeme Gambold, who has localised the ride of more than 50 Kia models during the past 11 years, is enthusiastic about the EV6 GT’s dynamics and performance.

We had a solid platform to work with and spent time in both Germany and locally, ensuring the GT can cope with our harsher conditions,” he said.

“Compliance on rough country roads, and importantly, grip on uneven surfaces, which is more prevalent in Australia, has been addressed.

“At all times we were mindful of the existing EV6 range, which is already dynamically capable, (but) the GT had to raise the bar substantially and is a testament to how far Kia has come from a vehicle dynamics and performance perspective.

“It is a confident GT, which can be pushed hard, driven spiritedly, is forgiving on our roads and, equally for the performance enthusiasts, a very capable GT on the track when flicked to GT mode.”

Further details on the EV6 GT’s local specifications and pricing will be announced closer to its launch.

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