A two-door coupe and a wagon may soon join Kia’s GT Concept, which is expected to be unveiled in production form in 2013. Kia said that the GT may offer another lineup for the brand instead of offering a single halo model. The rear-wheel-drive GT, which was displayed at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, is powered by a 390hp turbocharged 3.3-liter gasoline V6 that comes with an eight-speed automatic.
This indicates that it will have a premium price as well as an upscale reputation. Kia said that the GT is a less expensive alternative to consumers who may be considering Audi's A5 Sportback and A7.
This makes Kia more capable in rivaling the premium brands in Europe. According to Chief Designer Peter Schreyer, who transferred in 2006 to Kia from Volkswagen/Audi, he hopes to engineer a budget sports car that will go up against the Mazda MX-5. However, he clarified that this isn’t presently included in the product plan.
While Kia commenced working on its GT concept in November 2010, Kia's European designers had already been thinking of creating a powerful rear-wheel drive saloon. Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer quipped that the GT concept enables them to further explore exciting new design directions, mainly because a rear-drive layout creates different proportions compared to its front-wheel-drive counterpart.
He added that a front-engine rear-wheel-drive performance saloon is uniquely appealing to South Korean, European and American customers. Gregory Guillaume, Kia's European Design Chief, quipped that right from the start of the project, Kia’s design team took inspiration from the spirit of iconic GT cars of 1970s. He described these GT cars as sumptuous and elegant vehicles capable of carrying passengers from Paris to the South of France quickly and effortlessly.
Guillaume noted that while Kia’s design team aimed to create a car that is as graceful, athletic and confident, the end product should not be as aggressive or overbearing. At a glimpse, the new Kia GT concept features an aeronautical theme, as marked by its multi-piece propeller-style alloy and carbon-fiber wheels, low-slung front air intake and jet-themed rear-view cameras, as well as aerodynamic efficient rear diffuser and winglets curving in from the front flanks into the headlamps.
This design theme was inspired by the seminal Kia Kee concept car unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007. The new Kia GT concept is laden with several central design elements derived from the Kee and the 2010 Pop concept, thereby ensuring a high level of visual continuity even though they have different styles and themes.
Schreyer and Guillaume had aimed to ensure that the GT concept would feature proportions that make it instantly recognizable as a rear-wheel drive performance saloon. This vision gave birth to a concept with an extended bonnet, a forward-positioned front wheels and a cab-rearward stance. The concept also features dynamic rear shoulders and a truncated rear end.