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Kia planning an affordable sports car

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Kia planning an affordable sports car

 

Remember the Kia GT and GT4 Stinger concepts we saw back in
2011 and 2014? Rumours are rife that Kia will be using these as inspiration for
an entry-level sports car to hit the market sometime between 2016 and 2020.

Details are scarce right now but Kia have strongly hinted
that they wanted to get further into the sportier side of the market and expand
their presence there. Kia UK executives and one of the suits at the Paris Auto
Show have both hinted that Kia was working on something sporty and that it will
use elements of the GT and GT4 Stinger as its base.

Kia GT

The Kia GT concept first appeared at the Frankfurt Motor
Show in 2011. The concept was a fastback that delivered 390 hp and 393 lb-ft of
torque through a 3.3-litre turbocharged V6 engine. It was configured with an
eight speed automatic transmission that sent power to the rear wheels.

The platform the GT was built on was the already very
accomplished Hyundai Genesis. This is a very capable base on which to build and
is proving very successful in Genesis guise.

Kia GT4 Stinger

The GT4 Stinger concept appeared at the Detroit Auto Show
last year. It was as an "affordable" sports car for the masses. This
version used an existing Kia 2.0-litre four cylinder engine that delivered 315
hp. It had a close ratio six speed manual transmission to send power to the
rear.

With four doors and elements of both Aston Martin and Jaguar
in its design, the concept was very warmly received at the time. The rear doors
opened backward, like a Rolls Royce, although we doubt that would make it to
production.

Like with many concept vehicles, we thought neither concept
would never see the light of the production line. We may have been wrong about
that.

Both managed by Peter Schreyer, these concepts really do
look the part. While we simply don't know which aspects of which concept will
appear in this new production model, we think elements of both would work well.
It could use the Genesis platform, the Kia four cylinder engine and the
interior from either.

With Kia not yet ready to release details on what is coming,
it's up to us to piece together what we think from what's out there. With a
release pencilled in for a four year period between 2016 and 2020, we doubt
there will be much coming soon.

In the meantime, check out the current Kia lineup of
vehicles. There really is something here for everyone. Check them out at Kia ofHamilton, 1885 Upper James St, Hamilton ON, L9B 1K8.

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