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2023 Kia EV6 GT flexes a can-do angle


The 2023 Kia EV6 GT proves that Kia can. It might make a four-door sports activities automotive extra convincing than the Kia Stinger. It might promote a 120-hp finances automotive alongside a 576-hp electrical crossover. That EV can dash to 60 mph faster than the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and Tesla Mannequin Y Efficiency. Kia can do efficiency, and this appears like an evolutionary step for a model that began promoting questionable finances vehicles within the U.S. about 30 years in the past. 

Removed from excellent however loads exhilarating, the EV6 GT reveals off this evolutionary efficiency potential. 

It might do all this with out taking a giant leap from the EV6 that launched final yr. At $62,695 together with vacation spot, the EV6 GT is simply $4,000 greater than the EV6 GT-Line and almost $10,000 lower than the Tesla Mannequin Y Efficiency and Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

The most costly Kia can be essentially the most highly effective. The 800-volt structure and 77.4-kwh battery pack stay the identical, however Kia basically swapped out the rear motor of the GT-Line and put it up entrance (rated at 160 kw/215 hp), then dropped in a bigger 270-kw/362-hp motor to energy the rear wheels. They make a mixed 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque, however the bigger motors are the biggest contributor to the 4,795-pound curb weight, which is 293 greater than a equally geared up GT-Line. 

2023 Kia EV6 GT

Effectivity takes a success, as anticipated, with the vary topping out at 206 miles, down from 252 for the AWD GT-Line. The 21-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 efficiency tires additionally decrease the effectivity score from 2.9 miles per kwh in GT-Line AWD to 2.4 miles per kwh, however that’s the tradeoff for what the EV6 GT was constructed to do: go quick. 

The EV6 Gt shoots to 60 mph in simply 3.4 seconds and reaches a high velocity of 161 mph. I didn’t take a look at the highest velocity on a lead-follow course adjoining to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, however zipping previous a barren Lake Mead on the way in which from the Vegas Strip, the acceleration packed a punch each time. In contrast to the Porsche Taycan (the Taycan GTS hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds), the EV6 GT didn’t pin me in my seat and threaten my lunch at launch, however from about 20-60 mph I didn’t breathe or blink. It’s the type of lightning fast acceleration distinctive to an EV’s energy supply that the Kia Stinger GT can’t approximate.

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

Kia provides three extra drive modes to the Eco, Regular, and Sport modes in lesser EV6 fashions. A My Drive Mode lets drivers customise the throttle responsiveness, steering, suspension, stability management, and digital limited-slip rear differential, however it’s buried within the touchscreen by at the least 4 button presses, so it’s nothing to regulate on the fly. 

The GT mode is far simpler to entry. Press the lime inexperienced button on the steering wheel and it turns most settings to Sport+, so the pedal companies up, the suspension stiffens, and the soundness management relaxes. It didn’t really feel dramatically completely different from Sport mode, however the grip was extra pronounced and the load was higher managed on the lengthy sweeping activates a single-lane freeway round Lake Mead, the place the EV6 GT was at its greatest. 

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

Then there’s a hidden Drift mode, which requires a convoluted sequence of steps: begin in GT mode, preserve your foot on the brake, maintain the soundness management button till it turns off and the icon illuminates within the cluster, then maintain each regen brake paddles for about three seconds. It basically turns into a rear-wheel-drive automotive with all of the torque on the rear wheels.

On the monitor, which was arrange like an autocross with kinks, hairpins, a quick sweeper, and a straight to flirt with 120 mph or so, we didn’t have Drift mode enabled. The lead driver might need, nonetheless. 

In managed pairings of two vehicles following an teacher who would go as quick because the slowest automotive, he got here out of the hairpin with the rear sliding out, the rubber smoking, and the entrance wheels pointed straight the place he wanted to go. I adopted in GT mode, feeling the rear slide out behind me with the diff serving to keep velocity by way of what was most likely a lighter correction than it felt like. With many of the torque on the rear wheels, popping out of the flip was a blast and the place the EV6 GT most proved its efficiency chops. 

2023 Kia EV6 GT flexes a can-do angle

2023 Kia EV6 GT

Coming into the flip wasn’t as grin- or confidence-inspiring. The game-tuned suspension and adjustable dampers couldn’t alleviate the prodigious weight, although the EV6 sits decrease than different electrical crossovers (floor clearance is 6.1 inches and it’s about three inches shorter in top, on common, than rivals). There was some squish in turns, and the understeer posed an preliminary problem on that very same hairpin that I by no means absolutely found out in two three-lap turns. A part of it was from gentle steering that induced me to tip in too early, however that’s just like the golfer blaming the putter. Extra heft on the wheel and extra suggestions would’ve been welcome for this Duffer. 

I additionally felt that there might’ve been extra preliminary chew from the lime inexperienced monoblock calipers that grabbed bigger 15.0-inch rotors up entrance and 14.2-inch rotors on the again. I didn’t detect sufficient preliminary pedal really feel in one-pedal drive mode or with no regenerative braking set. However exiting that flip was an absolute delight each time. 

2023 Kia EV6 GT

2023 Kia EV6 GT

Kia lets the EV6 function properly in two planes, being a quiet and comfortable commuter loaded with Kia’s greatest options, or to whip round uncrowded areas similar to on a racetrack. I’m undecided how lots of the EV6 GTs will make their technique to a monitor—Kia estimates manufacturing shall be capped between 2,000 and a couple of,500 items—however the EV6 GT has confirmed that it may well, higher than every other Kia, and higher than rival EVs. 

Kia paid for journey, lodging, and monitor time for Motor Authority to carry you this firsthand report.

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