our first opinion behind the wheel of the most powerful Kia in history

An hour spent on the Stinger GT, Kia’s role as a technology demonstrator now rests on the shoulders of the EV6, especially in GT trim. Unveiled a few 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 more to be found on the side of super sports cars and supercars than in Kia! In fact, electric machines usually make it easier to show numbers that will make you dizzy, but if it is limited to straight-line cars, the excitement will not last long. Also Kia took care to thoroughly check the chassis of the EV6 GT (but the 77.4 kWh battery is the same as the EV6), which can rely on its own components. Starting with ECS controlled dampers are not available on other versions.

Amazing efficiency

Very confident, the Korean brand invites us to the famous Col de Turini, in the South of France, the Mecca of the Monte-Carlo rally. Even more amazingly, the road was even closed for a section for a few kilometers so that we could fully test the car’s capabilities! The first climb, done in Sport mode, was already mouth-watering. In tight corners, the GT exhibits precision and balance light years from the classic EV6, its chassis work effectively on the not always perfect bitumen of the special. The car never seems to collapse and, it is even more surprising considering the 2,200 kg announced and the absence of rear steering wheels, agility is full of meeting the winding. A characteristic that is certainly helped by the fact that the rear engine is more powerful than the front (367 hp against 218) and that a electronically controlled limited slip differential takes care of the distribution of power between the rear wheels as well as possible. Of course, you have to expect braking because the inertia can easily ride you if there is too much optimism, but there is reason to rejoice with such a rigid chassis in a car that you don’t. waiting around the corner. Especially given the phlegm of the “non-GT” EV6!

An amazing punch

During the descent to reach the start of the second run, switching the car to Normal mode promotes a damping quality superior to the EV6’s passive suspension, to the point that comfort improves despite a stiffer chassis. Small shocks are well absorbed and have slightly less parasitic movement, though large 21 inch rims imposed and a fairly aggressive tire profile (255/40 ZR21). Which is good too Michelin Pilot Sport 4S is supplied as standard, which come into their own during the second ascent at a furious pace. The engine is set to Sport + through the individual mode to keep the damping a notch lower, in Sport – it can be very stiff in Sport +, we know how fast the Kia is. The transfers are ballistic and we were surprised to pass so hard in the curves, forgetting in fact the large size of the car (4.70 m long and 1.89 m wide is the same!) placed in millimeters. We also admire Kia’s effort to equip its GT covering bucket seats that effectively maintainwhile the rest of the cabin is modeled after the classic EV6, upholstery excepted.

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A little taste of the comeback

Despite this good first impression, however, we need to do more than two short sessions with an instructor pilot to give you a more complete opinion. this fearless Korean. This is to confirm its qualities and defects, where we can now talk about the brakes with an increased diameter (380 mm in the front and 360 mm in the back) that do not lack bite, but we want to pedal. stronger. The direction of this segment appears to us to be quite focused in the hairpins of the rally special and guilty of greed as far as information feedback is concerned. Teaching is done for a deeper discovery of this EV6 GT, promising at first sight because of the performance it distills for € 72,990 all-inclusivebecause there is only one package for 1400 € as an option, including the heat pump and the bi-directional recharge to supply external devices by drawing the battery.

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