Kia EV6 GT Test: The future of big touring?

The most powerful version of the EV6 features the high-performance, long-range car of tomorrow.

Yes, the EV6 is not a Grand Tourer in the classic sense of the term. The crossing made in korea it is a far cry from the elegant V12 coupes made by Aston Martin or Ferrari. He generates more with Tesla Model Y Performance and other Ford Mustang Mach-E GTs. This trio aims to redefine the sporting spirit in the electric world. And this most powerful version of the European car of the year is distinguished by a fierce look, reinforced by a specific shield, neon green calipers on flared discs (+40 mm at the front, +20 mm at the rear) and a quartet of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S mounted on 21-inch rims. Inside, we marvel at the inserts, topstitching and clamshell seats.

The numbers in the technical sheet give an opinion. Tell 3.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h and an accumulated power of 585 hp. A debut for Kia and values ​​close to those of a Nissan GT-R, a Ferrari Roma or an Aston Martin DB11… On a very winding circuit located near Stockholm (Sweden), our first reaction was one of surprise. Kia clearly finds easier to apex than its battery-powered crossover mass suggests (2200kg).

When braking, the pedal feels more natural than with its counterparts. Flexible, but telegraphing information very weakly, the electrically-assisted steering remains more road-like than sporty. But on the curve, lthe electronics are in the wand, distributing torque to the outer wheels and providing remarkable efficiency. The two permanent magnet synchronous motors – capable of rotating at 21,000 rpm – provide rare traction when exiting corners.

Be careful not to get stuck in GT mode, which gives the pilot a lot of latitude. The machine even offers a surprising way to drift : to activate it, turn off the ESP and pull the two “regen” tabs behind the steering wheel. Only the rear motor is active until you place the straight wheels at the end of your figure.

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Once on the road, this Sporty crossover remains an equally courteous companion to the “base” EV6. Among the assets, the generous rear seats, the 480-litre rear trunk and the rich standard equipment, ranging from the panoramic roof to the induction phone charger, stand out. Only the heat pump and 230 volt socket are indicated on the options sheet. The modern layout and 12.3-inch screens offer a more contemporary but less exclusive look than conventional GTs. In this regard, we only regret the long loading times of the navigation functions…

At the wheel, you feel very comfortable thanks to a good visibility despite a driving position more worthy of a sedan than an SUV. Bathtub support is ideal, but the firm seat tires the more sensitive lower back. Your column will still be grateful to the good damping quality (McPherson front, multi-link rear) and its electronic control. No dips under braking, little leaning through corners, no back juice hits on the most saggy coatings. All of this is perfectly under control.

Photo: Thomas Antonie

Admittedly, the range is limited to 350 “real” km, but the charging power in the fast terminal is remarkable (239 kW peak). This makes it possible to foresee stops of just over a quarter of an hour for occasional long journeys. Add a ratio of 125 euros per horse, impossible to maintain for a thermal vehicle. Is this not the recipe for the great tourism of tomorrow?

To notice

Efficient, rigorous and capable of covering distances, the most powerful of the EV6s can claim the title of GT… even if that changes in nature with the electric one.

We love

  • impressive efficiency
  • supply of equipment
  • fast recharge

we love less

  • Heavy weight
  • salty price
  • lack of exclusivity

Price

Kia EV6 GT
From €72,990
Tested version: €72,990
Manufacturer’s consumption / during the test (kWh/100 km): 20.6 / 21.3
Manufacturer of autonomy / during the test (km): 424 / 350
CO2 (g/km) / bonus (€): 0/0
Fiscal power (CV): 11
Country of manufacture: South Korea
Warranty: 7 years / 150,000 km

Offered range:
Electric, from 229 to 585 hp, from €47,990 to €72,990

data sheet

Motors: electric, synchronous with permanent magnets (front/rear)
Transmission: integral, 1-speed reduction + reverse gear
Power (kW/hp): 270/367 (rear) + 160/217 (rear)
Accumulated power (kW/hp): 430/585
Torque (Nm): 740
Battery: Li-ion polymer
Gross capacity (kWh): 77.4
Charging time: 18 min from 10 to 80% on the fast terminal (350 kW), 7h20 from 10 to
100% at the wall box (11 kW) and 32h45 from 10 to 100% at the socket
domestic
Maximum charging power. (kW): 239
Weight in running order (kg): 2,200
Length.xwidth.xheight. (m): 4.69 x 1.89 x 1.54
Wheelbase (m): 2.90
Turning circle (m): 11.94
0 to 100 km/h(s): 3.5
Maximum speed (km/h): 260
Standard tires: 255/40 ZR21
Test tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

TO LIVE
Chest in 5/to 2 (/l): 480 to 1,260 + 20 (AV)

Option

Heat pump and 220V socket: €1,400

competitors

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, 487 hp, from €86,100
  • Tesla Model Y Performance, 490 hp, from €69,990

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