119.7 hp per liter
(from Kia Press
Release) Kia GT is Brand's First-Ever Rear-Wheel-Drive Concept
• GT's graceful
and confident styling reminiscent of iconic 1970's GT cars
• Sports sedan is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 395
LOS ANGELES, November
16, 2011 - Kia Motors America (KMA) is the fastest growing car
company in the U.S.1, and the brand, which has recently undergone a
design-led transformation, continued to turn heads today at the Los
Angeles Auto Show with the North American introduction of the
striking Kia GT concept vehicle during the show. The forward-looking
Kia GT concept – originally shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show –
signals the company's distinctive new design direction with graceful
yet confident styling and is the first rear-wheel-drive concept in
"Over the past three years Kia's design-led transformation has
delivered more new products than any other brand, and the first
showing of the striking GT concept on U.S. soil provides a glimpse
into our future showroom and the continuing role world-class design
will play in the development of our vehicles," said Michael Sprague,
vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. "With its
rear-wheel-drive platform and powerful engine, the GT concept
represents exciting possibilities for Kia as we move forward to the
next chapter in brand history."
Sleek and muscular, the Kia GT four-door sports sedan concept was
created by Kia's European design team under the watchful eye of
Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer. The new concept allowed Kia to
explore exciting new visual paths, including a unique interpretation
of the Kia-family tabbed grille with a carbon-fiber insert to match
the front and rear fascias and side sills.
Triangular swept-back headlamps with pronounced outlines flank the
grille and transition seamlessly to the sloping hood and up to the
wide windshield. The extended hood along with the rear-wheel-drive
configuration also allowed for the design team to push the front
wheels to the extreme front of the car to increase its sporty
design. The swooping angle from windshield to rear window enhances
the GT's aerodynamic presence, while vent-like tail lights, powerful
rear shoulders and truncated rear end add to the vehicle's hunkered
down appearance. Propeller-style rims complete the dynamic look.
The GT's front and rear-hinged back doors open slightly upward to
ensure easy ingress and egress, and the spacious cabin provides
comfortable seating for four, assisted by the concept's unusually
long wheelbase of 112.6 inches and overall length of 184.6 inches.
Despite its low stance, an overall height of 54.3 inches allows for
plenty of headroom.
The GT is not all looks, however, packing plenty of heat under the
hood. Coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission is a
3.3-liter turbocharged Lambda V6 Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
engine, allowing the rear-wheel-drive sports sedan to offer a
thrilling 395 horsepower and 393.5 pound-feet of torque.
Design-Led Transformation and
Kia Motors has undergone
a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering
dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments at exactly
the right time, contributing to the brand's continued gains in U.S.
market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and brand
growth through design innovation, quality, value, safety features
and new technology. Kia's commitment to the U.S. market is
represented by its U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West
Point, Georgia – KMMG – which is responsible for the creation of
more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and added the critically
acclaimed Optima midsize sedan2 to its production line in September.
Kia's model year 2012 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV,
Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, Soul
urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact
hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door
sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA)
is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation
based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles
through more than 745 dealers throughout the United States and
serves as the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." In 2010, KMA
recorded its best-ever U.S. sales and 16th consecutive year of
increased U.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum
and will continue to build the brand through design innovation,
quality, value, safety features and new technologies.