The first teaser shows it doing 244 kph, but the next one will dial the speedometer to 280+ kph. Hopefully it's not just for artistic effect...
The year Kia unveiled the rear-wheel drive GT concept was 2011. A production version is almost here, and from what we are seeing so far, it was well worth the wait. In order to create buzz around the model’s premiere scheduled for next month in Detroit, Kia has kicked off a teaser campaign and there’s even a dedicated site called “The Curve Ahead.” The first episode has been released today and it’s showing the car in an onboard video hitting 244 kilometres per hour (151 miles per hour) in Germany at the Nürburgring (where else?)
While that’s not overly impressive, we have managed to discover on that website an image scheduled to be released with the second teaser episode. As you can easily observe, the speedometer’s needle goes up to 280 km/h (174 mph) and actually slightly above it. We’re seeing this as a sign of the GT’s maximum velocity capabilities, unless Kia is teasing us without backing up that photo with the car’s real performance.
Details about what will power it are shrouded in mystery at this point, although the top-spec version, the one Kia says will do 244 km/h (or 280+ km/h, fingers crossed) should get the biturbo 3.3-litre V6 from the Genesis models. Inside the G90, it’s rated at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, but those numbers could grow for the production-ready GT.
Lesser versions might get the new turbocharged 2.0-litre unit inside the 2017 Hyundai i30 N where it will have around 250 hp, while a turbodiesel should also be offered in Europe.
Spy images have shown the GT (name not confirmed) won’t be a sedan as Kia is going with a more practical liftback body style, providing better access to the trunk. The cheapest version will reportedly cost somewhere in the region of $40,000 USD, but the one being teased here will obviously command a significant premium.
Kia will unveil the car on January 8, 2017.