Kia EV6 GT test: faster than a Porsche 911 (and 90,705 euros cheaper)

With the 575 hp strong Kia EV6 GT you will fall from one surprise into another. Drifting on the track and scrubbing on the autobahn, he hands over his business card. Not the German prestige brands, but the Korean Kia is the top of the Olympus in the electric car world.

Drifting with a Kia. Are there many people who have already done that? You do not associate it with a brand that is best known to us for the Picanto’s and Niro’s that are parked on many thousands of Dutch driveways. But those who have followed the Korean brand in recent years will not be surprised that it is Kia with one of the fastest electric cars on the market. Kia feels just as comfortable in the plug world as an influencer in a TikTok video.

New E-GMP platform from Hyundai and Kia

The EV6 is Kia’s business card. Not only in appearance, but also technically, with the new E-GMP platform developed especially for the electric models of Hyundai and Kia. Thanks to the 800V on-board system, fast charging times are possible and the EV6 has a range of up to 528 kilometers.

Now there’s a gold-rimmed business card; an ultimate version that is good for 575 hp, a 0-100 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h. The fast charging times have remained, so that you can charge the battery pack of 77.4 kWh from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. And no, the Kia EV6 GT does not have a base price with six zeros, it costs 68,495 euros. However, with the range of 424 kilometers you have to make some concessions compared to the other EV6 models.

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21-inch wheels

Outwardly, you can recognize the four-wheel drive GT mainly by the huge 21-inch wheels with green brake calipers. If you look closely, you will see a slightly different front bumper and a larger spoiler was mounted on the back. What you don’t see is a limited-slip differential, which automatically distributes the 740 Nm of torque to the wheels with the most grip. Furthermore, the chassis is equipped with adaptive shock absorbers.

Kia EV6 GT test: faster than a Porsche 911 (and 90,705 euros cheaper)

Inside you see beautiful bucket seats with the same green piping and metal inserts. The dashboard has gray GT trim panels, but that’s not the main difference with the braver versions of the EV6. It’s a green button that calls for attention, on the bottom right of the steering wheel. With that button you activate the GT Drive mode, which makes the chassis another 20 percent stiffer than in the Sport mode and the reactions to the accelerator pedal are even faster. But it’s also the button that selects Drift mode.

Drifting with a Kia EV6

Because yes, he can really drift. And so we’re on a track near Stockholm and we’ve just activated this party program. The assignment of the Kia crew: quickly steer to the right on a wet-sprayed piece of asphalt, go full on the gas for a moment, and then quickly let go and countersteer.

Should work, you would think. We do what the instructor says and unleash all 575 horsepower on the rear wheels in particular. Then we would have loved to tell you that we were doing a beautifully controlled drift and that the Kia employees were applauding us loudly. But in an electric car, all the power is released in one merciless blow and not gradually, as with a petrol car. So in reality we are making a pirouette that Han Ebbelaar and Alexandra Radius would be jealous of.

Kia EV6 GT test: faster than a Porsche 911 (and 90,705 euros cheaper)
Kia EV6 GT test: faster than a Porsche 911 (and 90,705 euros cheaper)

The second time we give too little gas. And then too much again, and we spin around the track again. Until we get the trick and we finally see smoking rear tires in the rearview mirror. Yes! Silent drifting with a Kia middle class car, when we write this sentence down, we actually do not believe it yet. Although it must be said that the Kia is not a thoroughbred sports car, the EV6 GT has more the character of a gran turismo.

Faster than a 911

The EV6 GT has acceleration times that require most gasoline-powered sports cars to surrender. With his 100th sprint in 3.5 seconds, he even has to tolerate a few electric cars in front of him. Those are sounding names like the Porsche Taycan Turbo (3.2 s) and Audi E-Tron GT RS (3.4 s). He is the boss of a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 with a six-cylinder boxer engine (4.2 s). And the Tesla Model Y Performance is also led to second place with its sprint time of 3.7 seconds.

And where the Audi and the Tesla give up at 250 km/h, the Kia EV6, together with the Taycan, continues up to 260 km/h. And then to realize that you can buy two EV6 GTs for the price of this Porsche…

meek side

Still, most people won’t do daily drifts or test top speeds. That’s why the EV6 GT also has a gentle side. If you use the Eco or Normal mode, the electronically controlled shock absorbers ensure that the EV6 is an exemplary travel car. They are 20 percent less sturdy than in Sport mode. The generous head and legroom (especially in the back) of the regular EV6 has remained, as has the decent luggage space.

Kia EV6 GT test: faster than a Porsche 911 (and 90,705 euros cheaper)
Kia EV6 GT test: faster than a Porsche 911 (and 90,705 euros cheaper)

Is there anything wrong with the EV6 GT? We have to think long and hard about this question. Perhaps the dated-looking navigation screen, which we already fell over in the Niro elsewhere in this magazine. But if we have to complain at that level, it should be clear that the EV6 GT is indeed a golden calling card from Kia …

Kia EV6 GT conclusion

Kia lets the European competition sweat again. For a very acceptable price you get a car that easily keeps up with prestigious brands such as Audi and Porsche. The EV6 GT is not only fast and dynamic, but also spacious and comfortable. And it loads very fast too. …

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