Kia is looking to increase the breadth of its sporting ambitions with the release of a four-door coupe dubbed the GT. Similar in principle to the Porsche Panamera (but noticeably more affordable), the GT will sit at the top of the Korean firm’s performance sub-brand, which is so far only occupied by the Pro_cee’d GT hot hatch.
So far Kia has only produced a concept (shown throughout) that previews the new car’s style, but we’ve taken a look at what to expect from the new model.
Kia GT – styling
Despite the GT Concept’s space-age looks, there remain many design cues present in the rest of the Kia range, so are likely to make it to production. The brand’s familiar ‘tiger nose’ grille sits just below a pair of angular headlights, much like on the latest Sportage and Niro. The full-LED units may be less intricate in their detailing on the production car, much like the slim tail lights that stretch across the width of the rear. There’s no reason why subtle yet eye-catching touches such as the GT Concept’s copper-coloured brake callipers won’t make production, however – even if the carbon fibre wheels they sit behind definitely won’t.
From the side, the GT Concept looks long and graceful, with a small glasshouse and rakish roofline giving it a sporty feel. The concept also uses a pair of cameras mounted on stalks to offer the driver a view of the road behind – these will be replaced by more traditional door mirrors on the road cars.
Kia GT – interior
As with the outside, the cabin of the GT is set to bear a resemblance to the concept, albeit in a toned-down form. The four-seat layout will remain, however, even if the seat designs of the concept are unlikely to make production. The back seats are accessed via a pair of ‘suicide’ rear doors – these, sadly, will probably be replaced by more conventional units.
Kia GT – driving
When the GT makes production, it is expected to share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Genesis. The good news for driving enthusiasts is that means the GT will be rear-wheel drive – generally held to be better for handling and a first for Kia. Though the concept uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox, production versions could offer the choice of both manual and auto gearbox.
Measuring 4,690mm long 1,890mm wide and 1,380mm tall, the concept is very similar in size to a BMW 4 Series.
Kia GT – engines
The GT Concept is powered by a turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 pumping out 390hp. Though the official engine lineup is yet to be confirmed, there’s a chance the GT will dip into parent brand Hyundai’s engine stock. A 3.8-litre V6 already powers the Genesis, and a version of the firm’s 429hp 5.0-litre V8 might form the basis of a Mercedes-AMG CLS alternative.
Kia GT – price and release date
The production version of the GT, if confirmed, is expected to hit showrooms some time in 2017. The Genesis on which it’ll be based currently sells for £47,995, so the more performance-oriented GT could well creep to more than £50,000.
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