Just over four months ago, we told you that Kia would offer a production version of its handsome GT concept. Now, we have images of the svelte new four-door testing in Germany. It looks like we’re getting a sexy, rear-drive performance sedan the size of a Kia Forte. And we’re pretty stoked.
Judging by our spy images, Kia is going to stick pretty close to the concept car’s rakish lines. That means more four-door coupe than three-box sedan, which is precisely the kind of thing Kia could use. Beyond the overall shape, the headlights retain the same interesting shape as the concept, albeit in a more production-focused look. They crown a production-spec fascia, with more conventional vertical intakes. In back, the vehicle-spanning taillight element from the concept car appears to have been replaced by a conventional set of lamps – there’s camo where the lighting element should be. Speaking of the tail, look at those tailpipes. Few things shout “Rawr, I’m a performance car,” like a meaty set of quad exhausts. It’s hard to tell here, but the rear fascia looks much more conventional than the GT concept, too, which went with a very aero-intensive design.
Under the skin, our spies tell us the GT rides on a shortened version of the rear-drive platform slated to underpin the upcoming Genesis G90 – that backs up the reports that the GT would challenge the BMW 4 Series GranCoupe. Our most recent report pointed to a range of four and six-cylinder engines from 2.0- to 3.3-liters. Our spies suggest that twin-turbocharged V6 will put out anywhere from 365 to 400 ponies. Obviously, this would be a range-topping model, but what a range-topper it would be. It’s like a budget M4.
Our best intelligence points to the GT’s production debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with an on-sale date in just under a year.