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2023 Kia EV6 GT Review: Quiet Driver’s Licence Remover

Is the 2023 Kia EV6 GT the ultimate sleeper EV?


2023 Kia EV6 GT Pros

– It looks like a regular Kia EV6.

– The power and speed are insane.

– Crushes the performance EV competition value wise.

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


2023 Kia EV6 GT Cons

– In the real world, a near $80k EV with only 332 km of range is not good.

– Power door handles are pointless.

 


The 2023 Kia EV6 GT clearly demonstrates the full and exhilarating potential of electric vehicles, particularly those that don’t scream “performance” at first glance. Dubbed by yours truly as the first electric super sleeper, the EV6 GT deceives with its unassuming facade, akin to its more pedestrian siblings that roam the world’s streets. Yet, beneath this familiar exterior lies a powerhouse that gives some hope for the present and future electric vehicle (EV) experience.

 


Q-Ship

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Driving the EV6 GT is akin to harboring a well-kept secret, one that only a select few are privy to. To the untrained eye, it’s merely another EV6, but for those in the know, it’s a thrilling ride that commands respect on the road. The GT’s unassuming presence is its greatest asset, allowing it to fly under the radar while delivering jaw-dropping performance. I truly think of it as the modern 21st century version of the 1989 Ford Taurus SHO.

 

This realization hit me as I navigated the city streets, surrounded by vehicles oblivious to the capability at my fingertips. The GT’s dual-motor setup churns out an astonishing 576 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque, propelling it from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.5 seconds. This kind of power in such an unassuming package is what makes the EV6 GT a true sleeper, capable of outpacing almost anything it encounters, all while maintaining the guise of a regular EV6.

 


Fast, decently comfortable, but you won’t get that far

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

On the road, the EV6 GT is a paradox. Its blistering acceleration and dynamic handling coexist with the ability to cruise in utter serenity, thanks to the adjustable drive modes. The suspension setup, particularly in normal mode, strikes a fine balance between performance and comfort, ensuring that the ride never becomes jarring, even with the firmer setup necessitated by the high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

 

However, the reality of driving such a beast is tempered by the constraints of speed limits and congested roads. The desire to unleash the full potential of the EV6 GT is a constant temptation, albeit one that’s often curbed by the practicalities of daily driving. This, coupled with the relatively limited range of 332 kilometres due to its performance orientation, serves as a reminder of the compromises that come with such a “high-octane” EV.

 


Handsome and inconspicuous

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

But the EV6 GT isn’t just about raw power. It’s a symphony of technology, performance, and practicality. The vehicle’s design, while closely mirroring the standard EV6, includes subtle cues like a revised front bumper, 21-inch wheels partially covering green painted calipers, and a more pronounced rear spoiler. These elements enhance its aggressive stance without compromising its sleeper status.

 

Inside, the EV6 GT continues to impress with a luxurious and tech-laden cabin. The twin 12.3-inch curved screens, Meridian audio system, and comfortable sports seats with manual adjustments speak to a car that’s as much about the driving experience as it is about comfort and convenience. Practicality isn’t sacrificed either, with generous trunk space and ample room for passengers.

 


Value monster

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Despite these limitations, the EV6 GT stands out for its unparalleled value. At a starting price of $75,995 in Canada, it offers a level of performance and equipment that rivals, if not surpasses, much pricier options. It embodies the essence of a sleeper, delivering exhilarating performance in a package that blends seamlessly into the everyday. When compared to a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, it’s about $10k cheaper, just as fast with a nicer interior and a more attractive outer shell.

 

The 2023 Kia EV6 GT is a remarkable machine that shines a bright light on the future of EVs. I see, in the not-too-distant future, a number of more affordable EVs that will “replace” the modern sports and sport compact car. And, they’ll be done right. And, if Volkswagen and Honda don’t act fast enough, Kia and Hyundai will rule these hotly contested segments.

 

Bottom line, the EV6 GT is a car for those who appreciate driving, the allure of technology, and the practicality of an EV, all wrapped up in a package that doesn’t shout for attention but certainly deserves it.

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Kia EV6 GT | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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