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New Kia Optima to lose 2 doors

By SYF77 on 04 May 2010

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The 2011 Kia Optima was a head-turner at the recent New York Auto Show with its sleek lines and the corporate Kia nose, earning it the recognition as one of the best-looking cars at the show.

By the looks of it, the Optima sedan will be positioned as the sportier member of the Hyundai-Kia midsize family. Itís probable that to extend the Optima line, a coupe version of the Optima (likely to be named the Kia Optima Koup) will be produced. Insider sources say that Kia is working on an Optima coupe that could be launched in late 2011. Itís quite easy to imagine the lines of this sedan translating well to a two-door body style. Sources also said that these renderings are quite close to the designs being considered for production.

Kia is also expected to utilize both the direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (200hp) and the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four (274hp) in the Optima Coupe. Meanwhile, the turbo Optima Koup is likely to receive a lowered sport suspension, low-profile tires and a subtle rear-deck spoiler. However, a manual transmission on the 2.0T Kia Optima coupe isnít part of the plan. Hyundai and Kia think that no one would really be against owning a six-speed automatic.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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HOUSENUMBER May 04 2010 07:24 PM
wow it looks sturdy and best part is , 2L turbocharged
Treeweeldog May 04 2010 09:10 PM
Shiny....if Kia manages to make the drive an engaged and thrilling one, it'll sure be a winner. It actually reminds me somewhat of an american muscle car... maybe it's the grill
Friendstar May 04 2010 09:50 PM
Madness. Looks nicer than an Audi
Zirco May 05 2010 12:00 AM
Damn they are on the roll............................
Ferraricalifornia May 05 2010 01:33 PM
The first photo looks nice....

after that, the front doesn't match the side, the side doesn't match the rear...etc....

not a perfectly balanced styled car like the smaller Forte Koup brother...
Zaxx May 05 2010 04:50 PM
wow more heartaches for the japanese automakers...i really dont mind driving one of these...
Eugn86 May 05 2010 11:07 PM
Why the front so ugly? No fluidity at all. Koreans still have much to learn from the Europeans, the french especially.
Sohboonguan Jun 12 2010 12:00 PM
impressive, but i must agree with the front part...
not bad, but can do better...
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