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Kia EV6 GT: 911 performance at half the Taycan price

With the sporty GT version, Kia crowns the EV6 series - and its entire range. 585 hp and 740 Nm make the EV6 GT the brand's most powerful and fastest production model to date. We used it in Norway.

Allow GMP. E GMP. The cryptic abbreviation stands for "Electric Global Modular Platform" and serves as the technical basis for various electric models from the Hyundai Group. For example the futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5. Or the Kia EV6, which serves a different target group with its sporty crossover look. Even with the basic model, Kia has put a successful car on wheels that cleverly exploits the technical possibilities of the platform.,

Now the GT, which goes one step further in all dimensions. In terms of performance data (585 hp instead of the previous 325), the top speed (260 instead of 185 km/h) or the range (546 instead of 528 km according to WLTP). Above all, they are proud of the acceleration at Kia: 3.5 seconds to 100 km/h - making the EV6 GT the fastest model in the entire Hyundai Motor Group - a small jab at the colleagues from Hyundai and Genesis.

New rear engine, modified chassis

Now the Koreans could have elicited a few more kW from the most powerful all-wheel drive EV6 (325 hp) to date with software tuning. But instead, in addition to the unchanged front engine with 160 kW/218 hp, they gave the GT a completely new rear engine, which, thanks to densely packed hairpin windings in the stator coils and a two-stage inverter, should impress with a particularly spontaneous response. In addition to the existing water cooling of the motor housing, the coils of this e-machine have their own oil cooling. There are also special measures to keep noise and vibrations under control. Result: 270kW/367 hp, which acts on the rear axle in the GT. With its five-link construction, it corresponds to that of the basic EV6, while the Mac-Person struts are supported at the front on the underside by a two-arm construction (series: single link).,

Shorter springs all around (softer at the front, softer at the rear firmer) lower the body by 5 mm, which, in conjunction with a stiffer stabilizer at the rear, is intended to reduce body roll. The adaptive dampers are electronically controlled and enable a further spread between comfort and agility, while the ESP in the EV6 GT allows more wheel slip and, like its cousin Genesis GV60, also offers a special drift mode. Then there would be the adapted steering with variable translation, the electronic locking differential with traction control and yaw damping, the larger brake system with four-piston calipers at the front and last but not least the adapted driving programs, which here also include an extra dynamic GT mode that has a separate steering wheel button is activated.

Discreet optics, superior performance

When entering the GT, apart from the additional green and yellow steering wheel button mentioned, it presents itself in the familiar look and, similar to the outside (modified bumpers, painted brake calipers, 21-inch model), only subtly modified. Stronger sports seats with vegan covers in a suede look, some lettering and neon accents, done. Doesn't sound very spectacular, but the understatement suits him - the Kia top model simply doesn't need to splurge. Because even on the first few kilometers it becomes apparent that the GT lives up to its label and, despite impressive performance data, is not just dynamically tuned - on the contrary. Even in its sportiest form, the EV6 manages to bridge the gap between a comfortable long-distance tourer and – in terms of size and weight – a talented corner robber. The almost 300 kilometers of country roads from Oslo to the Sognefjord in the north-west are effortless and could be completed without a charging stop (battery capacity: unchanged 77.4 kWh). But since the Sorento in the escort has to refuel, we also treat our GT to a few kilowatt hours at the fast charging station.,

When road number 50 winds up a few meters in altitude and along gently rising ridges, the EV6 switches to the dynamic compartment. It follows the given course even when cornering briskly, braces itself almost unimpressed against the centrifugal forces on a dry road, without any tire whine or ESP actionism - thanks to the balanced weight balance (49:51). Out of the hairpin bends, the GT flexes its muscles quite easily: 740 Newton meters cleverly distributed to all four wheels enable that electro-typical acceleration that can be represented in numbers (3.5 s to 100 km/h), but can only be described inadequately. In addition, the neon green steering wheel button is used, which further intensifies the response of the drive and steering. Nothing for leisurely gliding along in city traffic, but an impressive demonstration of how responsive the system can be.,

After all, in the case of the EV6 GT, a good 2.2 tons are accelerated and decelerated. Keyword deceleration: in addition to the internally ventilated discs (front: 380 x 34 mm, rear: 360 x 20 mm), the Kia also masters multi-stage recuperation with up to 150 kW. The driver can use the steering wheel paddle to select the appropriate intensity (four levels including one-pedal mode) or automatic mode. Recuperation and hydraulic brakes work together harmoniously and without unpleasantly noticeable transitions; In contrast to some electric competitors, the pedal feel is always defined in the same way.,

Conclusion

Kia states a range of up to 424 km according to WLTP (546 km in city mode) for the EV6 GT; The pleasure of being able to drive the currently most powerful Kia costs 70,690 euros.For comparison: a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT with 487 hp is 77,200 euros, a Tesla Model Y Performance (534 hp) comes to 63,990 euros, but remains far behind the Kia in terms of the effort required for the chassis and control electronics and the differentiation from weaker models return.

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