A time devoted to the Stinger GT, Kia’s role as a technology demonstrator now rests on the shoulders of the EV6, particularly in GT trim. Unveiled several months ago, its technical sheet is impressive. 585 hp, 740 Nm of torque and a 0 to 100 km/h announced in 3.5 s, these are values that are found more on the side of super sports cars and supercars than in a Kia! Certainly, electric machinery often makes it relatively easy to display figures that make you dizzy, but if they are confined to straight-line cars, the excitement is short-lived. Also Kia has taken care to thoroughly review the chassis of the EV6 GT (but the 77.4 kWh battery is identical to the EV6), which can rely on its own components. Starting with ECS controlled dampers not available on the other versions.
Very confident, the Korean brand invited us to the famous Col de Turini, in the South of France, the Mecca of the Monte-Carlo rally. More unusual, the road was even closed on a section of a few kilometers so that we could fully test the capabilities of the car! The first climb, performed in Sport mode, is already mouth-watering. In tight corners, the GT displays precision and balance light years away from the classic EV6, its chassis working efficiently on the not always perfect bitumen of the special. The car never seems to fall apart and, this is more surprising considering the 2,200 kg announced and the absence of rear steering wheels, agility is fully at the rendezvous in the winding. A behavior surely helped by the fact that the rear engine is much more powerful than that of the front (367 hp against 218) and that a electronically controlled limited slip differential takes care of distributing the power between the rear wheels as well as possible. Of course, you have to anticipate the braking because the inertia will quickly get you on board in the event of excessive optimism, but there is reason to rejoice in having such a rigorous chassis on a car that you don’t. wasn’t necessarily waiting around the corner. Especially given the phlegm of the “non-GT” EV6!
An incredible punch
During the descent to reach the start of the second run, switching the car to Normal mode highlights a damping quality superior to the passive suspension of the EV6, to the point that comfort progresses despite a significantly stiffer chassis. Small shocks are well absorbed and there is a little less parasitic movement, despite large 21 inch rims imposed and a fairly aggressive tire profile (255/40 ZR21). Which are also excellent Michelin Pilot Sport 4S delivered as standard, which come into their own during the second climb at a furious pace. Engine set to Sport + via individual mode to keep the damping a notch below, in Sport – it becomes too stiff in Sport +, we understand how fast the Kia is. Shifts are ballistic and we are surprised to pass very hard in curves, forgetting in fact the imposing size of the car (4.70 m long and 1.89 m wide all the same!) which is placed to the millimeter. We also praise Kia’s effort to have equipped its GT with enveloping bucket seats that effectively maintainwhile the rest of the cabin is modeled on that of the classic EV6, upholstery aside.
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A little taste of coming back
Despite this good first impression, however, we will need to be able to do more than two short sessions with an instructor pilot to give you a more complete opinion. on this fearless Korean. This is to confirm its qualities and defects, in terms of which we can already mention brakes with an increased diameter (380 mm at the front and 360 mm at the rear) which are not lacking in bite, but which we would like to the pedal is firmer. The direction for its part appeared to us a little too geared in the hairpins of the rally special and sinned by greed as far as information feedback is concerned. Appointment is therefore made for a more in-depth discovery of this EV6 GT, promising at first glance given the performance it distills for €72,990 all-inclusivesince there is only an optional €1400 pack, including the heat pump and bi-directional charging to power external devices by drawing on the battery.