Tennis player Rafa Nadal is indisputably one of the best athletes in history , since at 35 he already has, among others, 20 Grand Slam.
The one from Manacor has been Kia’s global ambassador since 2004 and last year he signed for five more years . As a result of his extensive collaboration with the South Korean brand, Nadal has owned several signature cars. One of the last was the Kia Stinger , to which he says goodbye to an electric EV6 GT-Line that has just been released.
The Mallorcan, who is currently the fifth best tennis player in the world, received his customized EV6 GT-Line at the Rafa Nadal Academy, which is located in his hometown. The ceremony gave way to the launch of the model worldwide and Nadal took the opportunity to announce his interest in renewing the fleet both at his academy and at the Rafa Nadal Foundation for electric vehicles during the next year.
Committed to electric mobility
The GT-Line version is the most powerful and capable of the EV6 range , the first car of the brand developed with the e-GMP platform that the Hyundai Motor consortium has created for its next electric vehicles, among which are, for example, the Kia EV4 or the Hyundai Ioniq 6 .
In Spain, the GT-Line is linked to the largest battery pack available in the EV6 (77 kWh capacity) and for its configuration, you can choose between two mechanics: one with 229 hp and rear-wheel drive and the other with traction. total of 325 CV. Respectively, they achieve homologated autonomies of up to 484 and 504 kilometers on a single charge.
Rafa Nadal’s EV6 GT-Line is the most powerful version, and it is customized specifically for him with elements such as his merchandising logo (a bull’s head silhouette) embroidered on the headrests of the front seats. As for the color of the body, it is Steel Matte Gray, a grayish tone that is part of the most exclusive palettes of the brand.
At the event, which was held on a tennis court at the Nadal academy and has been dubbed “EV6 Court”, the lighting was powered by the tennis player’s new car through the “charging from the vehicle” function (V2L Rafa Nadal assured that in addition to actively using the EV6 for his personal mobility in Mallorca, he will take his new car to the main tennis tournaments in which he will participate, such as the Australian Open in 2022.
In addition, he emphasized his commitment to a more sustainable mobility, and encourages new generations of drivers to bet on the electric car: “I would like to encourage others to join me in driving this type of vehicle whenever it is possible, “he declared.
Semiconductor crisis through, Kia is slated to add the option to add the 58 kWh battery pack to the GT-Line trim to the EV6 catalog shortly. By 2022, the most powerful version of all is also expected to arrive in Spain: the promising 585 hp Kia EV6 GT.