Kia EV6 GT races Mustang Mach-E and BMW M4X Competition for supremacy ↺
Now that the Kia EV6 GT is out and about, we're starting to get a solid grasp of how Kia's performance SUV holds up against the competition. Overall, the Korean marque is putting up a rather good showing. The Kia GT6 EV has run the gauntlet against the Genesis GV60 Performance, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, and BMW X4M Competition in a quarter-mile drag race on the Sam CarLegion YouTube channel.
The Kia EV6 GT outperformed the manufacturer's claimed 3.5-second 0-60 time, as did the Mach-E, coming in at 3.6 seconds instead of the claimed 3.8 seconds. The three electric vehicles tested all scored fairly closely, despite their varying powertrain equipment. The Mustang Mach-E came in last, with a quarter-mile time of 12.6 seconds, the Genesis GV60 completed the run in 12.1 seconds, and the Kia EV6 GT finished first with a quarter-mile time of just 11.2 seconds.
The BMW X4M Competition put up an impressive fight on behalf of the gasoline camp, but gear shifts seemed to hold it back from beating the EV6 GT. The BMW X4M finished the head-to-head race ever so slightly behind the Kia, even with a rolling start.
Interestingly enough, the Genesis GV60 Performance is built on the same E-GMP platform as the Kia EV6 GT, but the EV6 GT delivers 576 hp — almost 100 hp more than the ~483 hp Genesis. All of the vehicles in the test were eAWD, and they all have a starting MSRP of around US$60,000, making it a fairly even playing field.
Despite the EV6 GT's strong showing, the fastest electric vehicle is still the Tesla Model S Plaid, which completes a quarter mile in just 9.3 seconds, with a 0-60 time of just 2.1 seconds, but that's a US$120,000+ vehicle. More realistically, potential buyers may be cross-shopping the US$55,000 Tesla Model Y Performance, which reportedly has a quarter-mile time of 12 seconds and reaches 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, theoretically putting it just ahead of the Genesis GV60.