Very strong current: Kia EV6 GT – challenger from e-tron S and Co.

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Kia EV6 GT – Challenger by e-tron S and Co.

At the end of the year, after the Stinger, the most attractive Kia of all time will hit German roads. The EV6 GT is the sporty variant of the all-electric sedan. With 585 hp, it catapults to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 260 km/h. And that with a reasonable range.

Be honest: who would have thought a few years ago that a Kia from South Korea could be mentioned at the same time as two major German competitors? The new Kia EV6 with the abbreviation “GT” is anything but a stranger on the German autobahn, but it has yet to make it onto the shopping list of German electric power fans. Precious Bavarian products are certainly at the top here, for example the BMW i4 M50 or the Audi e-tron S Sportback.


The continuous light strip does a lot at the rear.

(Photo: Kia)

But that could change when the Kia races from the end of the year. All three, of course, have four-wheel drive, thanks to fat batteries, a range of around 500 kilometers, and rely on pulling power that were once said to be high-capacity diesels. The only difference is in the price. An Audi like this costs a good 30,000 euros more, with the BMW of the M family the difference with the Kia, which costs about 66,000 euros, is only 5,000 euros.

like in taekwondo

Enough with the comparison, let’s move on to the challenger, even if the seat behind the wheel is currently reserved for people with a Kia company ID. But even in the right front seat, laymen are reminded of the Korean martial art Taekwondo, which is designed for speed and dynamics. “Beakjul-bool-gul” is one of the principles of this sport and represents invincibility. It’s true that when the EV6 GT gets going, pumping out 585 hp from all four wheels on tarmac, it seems invincible. However, a Lamborghini Hurracan Evo or a Porsche 911 Turbo are not currently on the road and the eight-lane motorway from Frankfurt to Darmstadt would be the wrong place for such competitions anyway.


The Kia EV6 GT needs 18 minutes at the fast-charging station to fill its battery from 10 to 80 percent.

(Photo: Kia)

For future owners, it should also be enough that the high-power motor can do a lot, if necessary. 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 260 km/h: that sounds impressive on paper and in the quartet of cars, but it certainly has little to do with the basic idea of ​​the electric car. Because with such escapades, the EV6 GT would spend more time at the charging station than hanging out with the bad guy in the left lane. Unless the navigation system discovers one of the super fast charging stations. The 77.4 kWh battery can be recharged from 10 to 80 percent of its capacity in just 18 minutes.

There is a lot of fine work involved

But the technical subtleties can also be experienced without stepping on the right pedal. All-wheel drive, combined with electronically controlled dampers, steering and differential lock, means the 2.3-tonne vehicle doesn’t tip over, even in fast corners. The same applies to the head dive when you hit the brakes. There is a lot of fine work in it, which should also be tested in everyday life. The “GT” special driving mode is not normally used when using the Kia as a family transport to daycare or as an express van for weekend shopping (up to 1260 liters of luggage space).


Inside, the GT hardly differs from the other EV6 models.

(Photo: Kia)

Compared to the “normal” EV6 models, the designers carefully decorated their best piece in some places. A unique front bumper emphasizes the width of the GT. In addition, V-shaped LED daytime running lights in narrow housings, a bonnet with two downward raised edges and a stylish roof spoiler. The 21-inch wheels also reveal neon-colored brake calipers. And the continuous light strip does a lot at the rear. Inside, it largely corresponds to the weaker models, aside from black bucket seats with vegan suede-look covers.

a strong impression remains

Despite all the questions about the usefulness of superpower electric cars, a strong impression remains. Above all, the jerk-free acceleration when the left lane is free, going from 80 to 200 km/h, until another small van cuts into the path. Or the typical sharp song of the two electric motors, which in unison with the roll of the thick tires and the blow of the wind invite you to the concert. In addition, thanks to the increasing use of multiple monitors, the feeling of moving in the middle of a technological world of tablets that suck all the information from the virtual network.

It remains exciting to see if higher income earners will dare to take a trip to a Korean car dealership when the EV6 GT is allowed on the roads later in the year. The first edition for early bookers has already sold out without being even a meter in the hands of a client.


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