2010 Kia Forte Koup receives ‘R’ performance package

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

No one's complaining about how Kia's Forte Koup looks. In fact, it already has a striking appearance but Kia just wants to make it look even better and now offers the compact two-door for the Canadian market with the new SX- and EX-R package. The package, which is based on a standard Koupe, visually ties the Koup to the cars Kia entered into the Grand Am series earlier this year.

The four-piece body kit includes a new front lip, side sills, and rear decklid spoiler. The car's stance gives off a menacing impression.

Ride height is lowered with the use of new springs. Its stock wheels are replaced by 18-inch aluminum pieces shod in Yokohama S-drive rubber.

The model still has the stock car's 156hp, 2.0-liter I-4 SX and 173hp 2.4-liter EX but the figure is ramped up by 10hp with the use of a high-flow air intake and exhaust.

Handling is improved with the inclusion of a strut bar. The R parts are offered as a dealer-installed accessory package.

By mid-May, Canadians can start ordering the package. When asked if this equipment will make its way to the US, Kia said that "the parts are specific to Canada" but when there's a clamor for it, Kia may just decide to bring it over.

Topics: kia, kia forte, coupe

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