Kia's Procee'd GT will go on sale from July priced at £19,995.
The car is powered by a 201bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDi engine and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Kia says the Procee'd GT is its most performance-orientated car to date, able to reach a top speed of 143mph and accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.4sec.
Steering has been tuned to give a more direct feel over the standard car, and the addition of Kia's Flex Steer function allows drivers to choose from three power-assistance settings.
Braking force is provided by 300mm ventilated disks at the front, and 262mm at the rear - the largest brakes fitted to any of the Cee'd range.
Two trim lines - GT and GT tech - offer tiered equipment packages. The base-spec GT gives LED DRLs and 18-inch alloy wheels, with plenty of GT interior stitching and standard features like air conditioning, rear parking sensors, and a Bluetooth-equipped stereo.
GT tech trim adds a seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and keyless entry. Both trim levels get Recaro sports seats as standard.
A limited-run Launch edition of the GT will also be available. Of the 500 examples planned, just 50 will be coming to the UK. The Launch edition makes purely cosmetic changes over the GT tech trim, adding black inserts to the alloy wheels, an electric sunroof and red ambient lighting in the front footwell.
Kia says it has styled the Procee'd GT to give the car a sporting stance. A new lower, broader front bumper a wide lower air intake help to improve cooling to the engine. At the rear a steeply angled tailgate echoes the Procee'd, but a diffuser section to separate the exhaust outlets has been added for the GT.
The T-GDi engine in the GT is the first turbocharged petrol engine to be offered by Kia in the UK. The exhaust-driven unit raises power output from the Procee'd's direct-injection engine by 51 per cent, while torque - 195lb/ft - has increased by 61 per cent.
Kia is also keen to note that while the Procee'd GT is a performance model, it is still capable of 38.2mpg and has CO2 emissions of 171g/km.
A GT version of the five-door Cee'd is also planned for 2014.