• "Drift Mode" Is Already More Overplayed Than the Macarena

Drift mode was cool at first, but now it’s just a stupid gimmick that’s showing up in the worst places

When Ford launched the Focus RS with its famed, albeit accidentally created drift mode, it was a very cool marketing gimmick. There’s not a lot of use for such a thing for most folks, but it’s cool to say you have the functionality. What we didn’t know at the time, however, was that Ford’s happy little accident sparked a whole new trend, and that trend is already starting to get ridiculous.

Hey Automakers, Drift Mode Isn’t Meant For All Cars

What started with the Ford Focus RS eventually landed in the Mk.8 Volkswagen Golf R, Audi RS3, and even the Mercedes-AMG A45S. Needless to say, it won’t be surprising the next time a high-performance hatchback offers up the ability to slide on demand, but at what point will automakers take things just a little too far? Sorry to tell you, but it’s already happened, and it comes in the form of the Genesis GV60.

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The GV60 is an impressive EV, no doubt. Power output ranges from anywhere between 255 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the RWD base model to as much as 428 ponies and 446 pound-feet of torque in the range-topping model. The base model will give you some 280 miles of range, the mid-level trim comes in at 249 miles of range, and the performance model will net you around, understandably, 226 miles.

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But, what really caught our attention was drift mode. Yes, you read that right – the Genesis GV60 electric crossover actually has a drift mode.

The system is apparently there for “drivers who are looking for a more dynamic experience,” and it provides athletic driving by optimizing distribution of the driving power and braking system.”

Now, since this is Topspeed, I’ll forgo the rant about how high-riding crossovers and bulky SUVs don’t need excessive amounts of power (they really don’t, but it’s cool to have). I can look past that, but the application of drift mode in every new car that hits the road is just silly. Sure, the GV60 isn’t all that surprising since the Kia EV6 GT also has the same feature, but it’s quite literally unnecessary. Nobody is going to track a GV60, and EV6 GT, or any other crossover-like vehicle. They quite literally go against the general concept of drifting to begin with. Put drift mode in sports cars, and I’ll smile about it all day, but in cars like the GV60, it’s pointless.

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With that, I’ll leave you with one little piece of advice that’s overwhelming relevant at this point: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topspeed.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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