The forthcoming high-performance Kia EV9 GT electric SUV has been spied during high-speed testing at the Nurburgring ahead of its launch in early 2025.

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Tesla Model X Plaid rival during testing, but it has since dropped some of its thick camouflage allowing us to get a better look at the exterior design changes.

    At the front there appears to be a sporty bumper with more air intakes for cooling, plus around the side there are large alloy wheels that are covering huge brakes.

    The EV9 GT may share its dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain with the EV6 GT.

    This smaller model, which is also based on the E-GMP dedicated electric platform, produces 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque. It’s also claimed to do the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.5 seconds.

    The most powerful EV9 currently is the dual-motor all-wheel drive GT-Line variant which produces 283kW and 600Nm – good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds.

    The dual electric motors in the EV9 GT-Line are fed by a 99.8kWh battery pack.

    In addition to the extra power, Kia gave the EV6 GT upgraded cooling performance, retuned suspension, and a unique variable gear ratio steering system.

    Other notable changes include unique front seats and a range of lime green accents inside and out. Keen-eyed readers will be able to spot the lime green rear brake calipers on this particular spied prototype.

    While carmakers are rolling out more electric SUVs, as a large three-row family hauler the EV9 – let alone the upcoming GT – has little in the way of competition.

    The Kia EV9 GT will theoretically go up against the Tesl Model X Plaid which is no longer offered in Australia. It produces a total system output of 761kW from its tri-motor all-wheel drive powertrain.

    It can do the 0-100km/h sprint in just 2.6 seconds, and features torque vectoring.

    The Kia EV9 launched in Australia in late 2023 and will finally get a direct rival later this year – the Hyundai Ioniq 7, which will share the same underpinnings.

    It’s unclear if Hyundai plans to do an N version of the Ioniq 7 at this stage.

    The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N for context is much more track-focused and slightly more powerful than the EV6 GT.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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