The Kia EV6 GT is a Super SUV

The Kia EV6 GT might be a crossover or a really tall sedan but either way, it’ll blow you and your passengers away with 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque.

Future Flagship: Great on the Street, Comes Alive on the Track

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

As the Kia Stinger leaves production in the near future the brand needed a new flagship performance vehicle. Enter the EV6 GT. About a year after introducing the normal EV6, the GT isn’t just the most extreme version of the model, it’s the most powerful production car that Kia has ever made. Here’s everything you need to know about what it’s like on the street and on the track.

What is the Kia EV6 GT?

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

The EV6 GT is the latest edition to the regular EV6 lineup. It’s now the top trim level and starts at $61,400. That’s not far off from the pricing of the next trim down, the GT-Line AWD. In fact, from the base level Wind RWD trim to the EV6 GT there’s little more than a $10,000 gap.

When we reviewed the normal EV6 we had one major thing we were waiting on; the EV6 GT. And that’s because it develops 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. It sends that power to all four wheels and boasts bigger brakes, stickier tires, sporty seats, and more.

How the EV6 GT Differs on the Road From the Normal EV6

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

The biggest difference from the regular EV6 that buyers will notice in the EV6 GT is the experience from the front seats. Those seats are manual and they hug you as sport seats in a nearly-600-hp car should.

We’ll come back to those seats a few times in this review. The other big difference from the driver’s seat is the bright green GT button on the lower right-hand side of the steering wheel. While the normal EV6 does have different drive modes, they’re very different from the ones in the GT.

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

It still has Eco, Normal, and Sport mode. What’s different is how much power each of those modes make. Eco provides 286 hp, Normal ups that to 429 hp, and Sport keeps that power rating but makes the suspension and steering tighter.

The little green GT button provides 576 hp. It also turns off traction control and dials in unique settings for the electronic LSD and the stability control. Smack that GT button a second time and the EV6 GT will open up a custom setting mode where drivers can select which settings they want for each feature.

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

To put it lightly, the EV6 GT is so extreme compared to the normal EV6 that it might turn some buyers off. The manual seats aren’t exactly luxurious. It doesn’t help that there’s a complete lack of lumbar support either. The suspension is adjustable and in Eco mode it’s not too rough but beyond that it’s noticeably stiffer than in the rest of the lineup.

Long trips can be considerably less comfortable than they would be in another EV6 trim. Perhaps thankfully then, range is limited to just 206 miles. That’s a full 46 miles fewer than in the EV6 GT-Line despite having the same battery.

How the Kia EV6 GT Performs on the Racetrack

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

This is a properly fast car. It’ll do 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and Kia thinks it’ll actually beat that figure in the hands of some. The brand also points out that it’s faster than a Ferrari Roma and a Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD.

Take a moment and think about what that means. You can shuttle a few friends around in your Kia and smoke actual supercars should one ever be so unfortunate to roll up next to you at a red light.

We confirmed that it’s actually supercar fast on a drag strip too. While performance will degrade below 70 percent state of charge, it’ll rip 11.5-second quarter mile times until that mark. To put that in perspective, it’s faster than the Tesla Model Y Performance or its Model 3 counterpart. It’s also just as quick as a 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which costs more than double what the EV6 GT will run you. It’s still not Taycan or Model S fast but it’s close and that’s wild.

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

We weren’t limited to drag strip runs either. On a road course, the EV6 GT is still incredibly fast despite its 4,700+ pound heft. It gains that speed mostly in the way that it accelerates out of turns and manages speed during high speed corners. In the former it puts its horsepower and instant torque to work. In the latter, it impresses thanks to great stability and smooth feedback.

The challenge lies in balancing the braking performance of the EV6 GT. Instead of simply relying on the physical braking components, the EV6 GT leverages regenerative braking through its electric motors to help slow the car down. As a result, it takes multiple laps to really dial in the amount of braking pressure that’s appropriate. In a straight line, the GT brakes fabulously. Try to trail brake it through the turn though and the ABS has a less-than-pleasing reaction.

The Verdict

2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com
2023 Kia EV6 GT - kiamedia.com

The Kia EV6 GT isn’t as pretty as the outgoing Stinger GT but it’s objectively faster. It’s also somehow more practical so long as the charging network near you is decent. That’s not normal and it’s highly impressive in a world full of automakers that try to sell cars that cost more than this and don’t perform anywhere nearly this well.

And that’s not just on the track either. The EV6 GT comes with the same epic warranty that the rest of the lineup benefits from. It’s built incredibly well and looks good too. We can’t see any reason to buy a rival like a Tesla or a Mustang Mach-E when this Kia exists.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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