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Kia Motors first true sports car

By FaezClutchless on 18 Oct 2011

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Korean automaker Kia Motors are known for making ordinary looking cars such as their Cerato, Rio and Picanto. Currently in the local market, the only car in their model line-up that’s closest to a sports car is the Kia Cerato Forte Koup. It is basically the 2 door coupe version of the Kia Cerato Forte and even though it has a sporty outlook, it comes with a range of engines that normally most people would not associate with sports cars. Even before this, its only sports model is the Elan. If the name sounds familiar it is because it’s a rebadged of the Lotus Elan.

Kia Motors recently unveiled its Kia GT concept during the recent Frankfurt Motor Show and rumours are going around saying that the car will be made into production. Inspired by the GT cars of the 1970s, this 4 door GT car will have a front mounted engine and it will be rear wheel driven. Under the bonnet will be a 3.3 litre turbo charged V6 engine, producing around 390bhp and it may get an 8-speed transmission.

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Exterior wise, the car has a modern feel to it. Kia’s trademark front grille (similar to the new Optima K5 grille) adorns the front part of the car. Propeller styled wheels fills in the big, muscular-looking wheel arches. Large air intake vents, just below the headlights, gives the car a more aggressive and sportier snout. And at the back, the low rear end plus the diffuser completes the performance outlook of the car.

Its rear doors (a la Mazda’s RX8) open slightly upwards and the rear cabin has ample space for two adults. Anyway, it comes with individual seats so in other words it can seat four people, including the driver. Kia Motors aim is to produce a fast sports car but with a good fuel economy.

I feel that Kia Motors are going into the right direction and one day, Korean automakers will overtake the Japanese. My only concern is that, hopefully, the weight of the car is not too heavy as that will affect the power to weight ratio and also its drivability.

Looks like most of the Japanese automakers are more interested in producing “green” vehicles nowadays, just to impress “tree huggers” and if they don’t want to lose out to the Koreans, they have to increase their standards.

Photo credit: AutoExpress

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Jamesc Oct 18 2011 11:14 AM
I love the new Kia designs. Especially the K5, they remind me of transformers and autobots.
I_RIDE_DEEP Oct 18 2011 12:24 PM
2012 will be interesting year with Kia, Toyota and Subaru all pushing out new sports models.
Mecontle Oct 18 2011 01:53 PM
if i buy 1 i will debadge so no one knows its k i a
Csnewbie Oct 18 2011 05:19 PM
Not bad!V6 and if priced reasonably will buy.
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