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It’s five years since Kia first showed the GT concept at the 2011 Frankfurt show, but now the long wait for its production equivalent is almost over.
The showroom version, due next year, will stick closely to the formula suggested by the GT concept. That means a rear-wheel drive chassis and low-slung, coupé-like styling, with a variety of engines that will include a high-performance version.
Although this won’t be the first rear-drive Kia, the production GT will be far more dynamically focused than the existing K9/K900 limousine, which is not sold in Europe.
Speaking at the opening of Hyundai-Kia's new proving ground in South Korea last week, Albert Biermann, the company's head of performance and high performance, said: “There is no point producing a rear-wheel-drive car unless you are going to take advantage of the benefits the layout brings.”
The prototype that has been spied testing appears to be a four-door coupé rather than a conventional three-box saloon. Although nothing has yet been confirmed, Hyundai-Kia design boss Peter Schreyer was happy to drop some broad hints about the car’s likely body style.
“I think that acceptance or demand for two-door models has changed,” he said, when asked about a halo model for the Kia range. “I think it’s more towards four-door coupés or saloons, or coupé-like saloons, if that’s what you want to call them.
“Two-door coupés are a little bit on the decline. It would be nice to make a new coupé, but if there is no demand, what’s the point?”