The Kia EV6 GT has completed the 1000 Miglia Green 2023, finishing as the highest-ranking performance electric vehicle entered into the race and sixth overall. The race drew to a close on Saturday, 17 June.

The self-proclaimed ‘most beautiful race in the world’, the 1000 Miglia is an unparalleled test of endurance for both car, driver and navigator, requiring performance, precision and skill in order to score well throughout the race. The 1000 Miglia Green is a sub-category of the historic event, open only to fully electric cars.

The 2023 race, which lasted five days and more than 2,000 km, was the longest in the race's nearly 100-year history. The Jade Paveley and Ross Leach professional rally driver combo was the sole team representing Great Britain in the race, and the Kia EV6 GT was the first Korean vehicle to ever compete in the 1000 Miglia Green. Additionally, the occasion marked the debut of an EV6 GT in a competitive, FIA-approved motor race.

The courageous rally-driving husband and wife combo was able to demonstrate their remarkable rally pedigree during the arduous race by deftly traversing the course and winning numerous stage races along the way. The EV6 GT, the highest-scoring performance EV, was brought home by team Kia as the teams raced back to Brescia on the final day of competition.

The perfect test

Designed from the outset as a true GT car, the EV6 GT offers blistering performance from its twin electric motor setup that together deliver 577bhp and 740Nm of torque through all four wheels. Mated with a powerful 77.4kWh battery, the car is capable of covering 263 miles (WLTP combined) per charge. Charging is equally rapid, thanks to the car’s E-GMP platform that supports 800V charging, enabling 10-80 per cent charge in as little as 18 minutes at the fastest charge points.

Importantly, each of the timed legs travelled throughout the event was completed with a single charge of the car, which was notable despite the significant distance, challenging nature of the roads, and speeds required for the race. At the conclusion of each day, charging was finished using Kia Charge and, when possible, some destination charging at hotels. More than 540,000 charge points are available with Kia Charge, providing easy single-account access to many different charging networks and operators.

The 1000 Miglia Green’s blend of rapid road driving under Police escort along with precision time-trial and special stages on closed roads were the perfect test for the car’s considerable performance. 0-62mph is dispatched in just 3.5 seconds, onto the car’s official top speed of 162mph. This made it the second fastest EV to be entered into this year’s race.

Nothing but praise

Jade Paveley, rally driver and commentator, said: “This has been an incredible experience and is like no other I’ve ever entered. The EV6 GT proved itself to be not only a competent race car, but an outstanding grand tourer as we travelled Italy at speed and in comfort; and even got to take in a lot of the country’s beautiful scenery. Of course, I’d like to thank the organisers of the 1000 Miglia Green for putting together a great race, and the team at Kia UK for the opportunity to take part in one of the world’s most prestigious rally events. The EV6 GT is every bit worthy of wearing the GT badge. Not only is it exceptionally fast, but it’s also comfortable for long distances, fun to drive and not once did we have range anxiety as a result of its great driving range.”