The Kia GT could be built as a two-door coupe and a wagon in addition to the grand tourer concept shown off at Frankfurt motor show earlier this year. According to a report on automotive website Inside Line, company insiders have indicated that the plan for the Kia GT – which is due to reach production in 2013 could spawn several different variants.
The V6-powered Kia GT will be built after the manufacturer’s current range of six mass-market models have all been overhauled.
Speaking to Autocar at Frankfurt in September, Paul Philpott, chief operating officer of Kia Europe, said, “A halo car like a Kia GT gives the while brand greater sporting credentials. It would position the whole range as sporting, not just one model.”
Powering the concept version of the Kia GT is a 3.3-litre turbocharged petrol V6 engine which produces 390bhp and 394lb ft of torque. Drive is transferred through the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The concept, designed in Kia’s Frankfurt design studio, provides a striking message about Kia’s future expansion plans and will provide the blueprint for the firm’s new design direction under chief designer Peter Schreyer.