A new high-performance model from Kia is ready to conquer the streets of the UK. If you liked the Kia Stinger GT sports sedan, you’ll love its electric replacement, the Kia EV6 GT, the South Korean automaker’s most powerful production car to date.
According to a report by Coachthe Kia Stinger GT will no longer be available to UK customers after a short period of five years.
Although Kia’s Stinger was never intended to be a best-seller in the UK market, its launch was “a transformative moment” for Kia, according to Paul Philpott, CEO of Kia UK.
Meanwhile, as Kia undergoes a large-scale transformation toward electric vehicles, the automaker plans to solidify its position as the leading electric vehicle maker. Part of that plan is to carry the GT line into the future of zero-emissions high-performance travel.
In August, Kia unveiled its fastest production vehicle, the all-electric EV6 GT. Although Kia and fast aren’t often associated, the high-performance EV model beat a Ferrari and a Lamborghini in a race. According to the press release:
In independent testing by leading third party AMCI, the EV6 GT over-accelerated a Ferrari Roma and a Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder RWD.
Kia’s EV6 can rival the best with 576bhp, 0-60mph capabilities in 3.4 seconds and top speeds of 161mph. It is powered by a 77.4 kWh battery, a 160 kW front motor and a 270 kW rear motor. For higher performance, Kia includes “drift mode”, which distributes power to the rear wheels.
A sign of the changing times, the Kia EV6 GT performance car is now set to “take over” from its flagship Stinger in the UK as the car industry goes electric.
Kia says goodbye to Stinger and hello to EV6 GT
Coach notes that Kia’s electric EV6 is expected to reach UK customers in the final stretch of 2022. Although the article mentions that it is not a “direct replacement”, Kia says its EV6 is the perfect car to “take over” from the Stinger.
British Kia boss Paul Philpott adds:
Our future product plan emphasizes electrification, and globally Kia plans to offer a range of 14 electric vehicles by 2027. Combining high-performance capabilities with incredible design and powertrain electric range, the EV6 GT is an important part of this plan and a true new flagship for the Kia brand.
While the Stinger was capable of 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds with 300 hp, the all-electric EV boosts performance with AWD, 0-60 capability of 3.4 seconds and 576 hp.
Kia design chief Karim Habib comments on the electric successor to the Stingers:
The spirit of Stinger remains and will remain. I like to think the EV6 has the GT genes. We’re making a GT out of it, and it’s got the Stinger in it.
This is not the first (nor the last) time that we will see an electric vehicle replacing an iconic gasoline-powered model. Ford has already started turning consumer favorites, such as Mustang and F-150 trucks, into pure electric vehicles.
In fact, Ford announced in late October that it would be ditching the popular Ford Fiesta model to focus on accelerating its rollout of electric vehicles.
Expect to see more as the auto industry and countries around the world transition to zero-emission electric vehicles.
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