There stays a faction of the fanatic sphere this is puzzled through – if no longer hostile to – the efficiency EV.
They argue there’s little noise, the flat acceleration curve does away with persona or even smaller ones are at risk of weigh greater than 2000kg. However the louder shouting comes from those that query, relatively so, why we want ‘sizzling’ variations of vehicles already in a position to scintillating straight-line tempo.
The Kia EV6 GT-Line S AWD I nominated this time final yr has 321bhp and hits 62mph in simply 5.2sec. So why would you purchase an EV6 with an additional 255bhp and the 0-62mph time of a Caterham 620S? One with an electronically managed limited-slip diff, Michelin Pilot 4 S tyres, fearsome brakes and a Float mode?
Previous this yr, the EV6 GT got here an in depth 3rd in Autocar’s inaugural ‘EV Dealing with Day’ contest, snapping on the hind lights of the BMW i4 eDrive40 and Porsche Taycan GTS, either one of that have rewritten the rulebook on zero-emission using a laugh. That the Kia can cling a candle to the dynamic prowess of a five-star Porsche costing two times as a lot is testomony to the makeover by the hands of Kia’s GT division.
The Kia was once simply as compelling after I took it on a three-day lap of Norway previous this yr. The lovely, easy switchbacks north of Oslo gave scope to deploy its brutal shove between corners, whilst its unflappable turn-in and refusal to wreck trajectory mid-bend made fast and rewarding paintings of even the tightest passes.
That the EV6 GT can do all that but cruise at 70mph for 250 miles or so, rate as swiftly as any EV on sale and has the distance, connectivity and luxury of a Skoda Kodiaq is purpose for added birthday celebration.