The EV6 GT continues to be a heavy automotive, and its 2,185-kilogram curb weight is felt by means of the corners when pushed rapidly. If actually let free, we suspect physics would quickly overcome the efforts of Kia’s engineers. Plainly, and regardless of its large energy, this isn’t a automotive designed for monitor use. Kia says as a lot itself, conceding that, whereas the GT was examined on the Nürburbring Nordschleife, it “has been developed very particularly for highway use.”

As such, you most likely don’t must know {that a} “secret” drift mode switches off the entrance motor, tells the traction management to take a couple of minutes out, and allows you to slide the Kia with a prod of the accelerator. Enjoyable for a few minutes on personal land, however considerably pointless for the opposite 99.9 p.c of the time.

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Inside, the GT shares a really comparable cabin to a daily EV6 geared up with the GT-Line choices pack. It’s comfy and pretty quiet at low velocity identical to every other EV. Nonetheless, wind noise generated by the wing mirrors (a hangover concern from the usual EV6) is louder than we’d like from a automotive costing a bit of over £60,000.

The cabin is engaging and the GT-exclusive semibucket seats present additional help, however aren’t as comfy because the softer, squishier chairs fitted to the usual automotive.

The twin 12.2-inch curved dashboard shows are the identical as within the common EV6, and so too are the touch-sensitive controls beneath them, displaying icons for media and local weather however not on the identical time. Kia has tried to scale back litter right here, however in doing so has a system that frustratingly doesn’t present any local weather controls in any respect until you prod at a touch-sensitive button to modify from Media and Navigation to Temperature. It then returns to the previous after a number of seconds as a substitute of leaving the heating and cooling controls in place.

Kia’s wi-fi telephone charger is grippier and extra dependable than some others we’ve seen, however the lack of wi-fi Apple CarPlay, a obtrusive omission within the present vanilla EV6, stays unlucky. Practicality is on par with its siblings, with the identical cabin and space for storing because the common dual-motor variant, which means simply 20 liters of storage beneath the hood.

Kia says it got down to produce a grand tourer harking back to comfy, big-engined vehicles of the Seventies. The EV6 GT definitely has loads of efficiency, and the suspension and differential adjustments present the corporate has put actual effort into driving dynamics in addition to straight-line tempo. However the 262-mile vary fails to reside as much as the GT billing.

And whereas superfast charging by way of the automotive’s 800-volt tech will go some method to alleviate vary anxiousness, we want Kia had held again on outright efficiency and as a substitute opted for a extra long-legged mix of velocity and vary.

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