Adding “GT” to a car’s name often raises more questions than it answers. Does this turn it into a product of Porsche’s fabled GT division, responsible for its track-ready 911 GT3? Or is GT used in its original sense of gran turismo or grand touring, of cruising along the French Riviera with massive but scarcely deployed power under your right foot?
Kia’s use of the GT badge on its new electric flagship, the EV6 GT, wants to straddle both, and in doing so takes the South Korean company into unchartered waters.
Last year we drove, and very much liked, the standard EV6. It’s a stylish but sensible five-seat electric crossover with over 300 miles of range from both the single-motor and dual-motor variants, and 321 bhp from the latter producing a very un-Kia-like 0 to 62 mph time of 5.2 seconds. It shares the same E-GMP platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which means an 800-volt electrical architecture and the ability to charge its 77.4-kWh battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes when using a 350kW charger.
All of that top-notch charging tech is transferred over to the EV6 GT, but instead of making range the priority, Kia has given its sensible crossover a whole heap of extra power and supercar-bothering levels of performance.