Kia EV6, one-off Stinger GT420 rocks 2021 Goodwood Festival

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Kia’s premiere appearance at the world famous 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed set pulses racing with the first UK public outing of the EV6 electric car, and a track-focused one-off special, the Stinger GT420

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a true celebration of motoring greats, Kia said. With over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning all decades of motoring and motorsport, the event has firmly established itself as the must-see event of the year for motoring fans all over the world.

Since the inaugural event held in 1993, the Festival of Speed has witnessed advancements in transport, just like the "Electric Avenue – The Road to 2030" stand presented by Sky Zero.

This new exhibit offers visitors the chance to take a look at the exciting world of electric vehicles. Kia’s EV6 takes a place of pride within the exhibition, showcasing the company’s latest electric car and its advanced technologies.

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The Kia EV6 on display at the event is representative of the entry-level UK specification rear-wheel drive model, powered by a 168kW electric motor on the rear axle. 

Highly specified as standard, the entry-level EV6 includes LED lighting all around, vegan leather upholstery, ambient lighting, heated front seats and steering wheel; dual automatic air-conditioning; rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing front wipers, among other toys. 

The sports-inspired EV6 GT-Line and GT-Line S models further up the ante with yet more technology onboard, plus the option of a more powerful twin-motor all-wheel drive powertrain.

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UK customer deliveries of the above-mentioned models will commence from October 2021, Kia said. 

Developed in-house, the one-off Stinger GT420 Features an uprated 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine pumping out a staggering 422hp and 560Nm of torque

The car was fettled by Kia Motors UK (now Kia UK Limited) with advice and engineering assistance from Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Everything from the spark plugs to the exhaust and the interior were modified. HKS M45il spark plugs were employed for their enhanced combustion, a K&N sports air filter and a lightweight Milltek Sport quad-exit exhaust system with catalysts deleted were fitted in place of the factory item.

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The transmission was refined with added cooling and updated race-ready software to quicken gear changes, while the car’s original track was widened using OZ Racing Leggera rims shod with Pirelli Trofeo R tyres.

Suspension was lowered using Eibach Pro springs over the car’s original dampers. Uprated front brakes with added ducting for cooling were added to ensure the GT420 can be stopped as quickly as it starts.

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Enhancing the mechanical improvements, the car was put through comprehensive weight reduction that saw Kia’s Press Garage in Chippenham strip out most of the interior while adding in necessary racing safety precautions, including a custom roll cage and Sparco race seats and belts.

Finishing the job are a host of visual enhancements including a new front splitter and rear diffuser, as well as a new rear spoiler by Air Design. The final pièce de résistance is an eye-catching wrap that integrates with the car’s HiChroma Red paintwork, looking sensational from every angle.

Photos from Kia

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