To date, there aren’t a lot of EVs on the market you can point to and call flat-out fun. The kind of car you bound out of after a couple of laps on the track and cackle about how entertaining it was to chuck around. Yes, there are higher-horsepower, more dynamically proficient, and more technologically advanced all-electric machines out there, but the 2023 Kia EV6 GT is a car that combines all of those elements in one truly riotous package.
Of course, the Kia EV6 GT still has plenty of muscle, to the tune of 576 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque combined from its front and rear electric motors. This slick-looking compact crossover scorches the dragstrip at 3.2 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and sprints through the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 121.0 mph.
So it’s quick enough, but how does it get around the track? In a word: slideways. If you want to sashay around a road course, you certainly can. “It’s a drift machine-so much fun,” executive editor Mac Morrison said. “Looking for the most fun lap, I was just driving it sideways, rotating it, working on car control, and it’s absolutely beautiful, this car.”
Several editors echoed Morrison’s comments during their time behind the wheel on the Streets of Willow. “This car is a set of tires away from potential greatness,” features editor Scott Evans said. Technical director Frank Markus said, “It’s just big, huge bagfuls of fun.” There’s the F-word again.