Kia GT Concept production confirmed for 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 19, 2011

Kia’s V6-powered GT concept car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. Kia said that production of the new Kia GT Concept will begin in 2013 and that it is working on a high-performance version of the Kia cee’d. The automaker said that this model will start production after its lineup of six mass-market models had all been overhauled.

According to Paul Philpott, the chief operating officer of Kia Europe, a halo car such as a Kia GT offers “greater sporting credentials” that would encompass the entire range.

Philpott said that the company will come up with sporting versions for more models and it will start with the new c’eed. He explained that Kia wants to be famous for sport and design and so these cars are “critical.” Philpott implied that other sporting models may be possible. He said that Kia will examine the niches between a hot hatch and rear drive coupe.

There were reports earlier that a V8 unit would power the concept version of the Kia GT but actually, it would be equipped with a 3.3-litre turbocharged petrol V6 engine.

This has an output of 390bhp and 394lb ft of torque. Its drive could be transferred through the rear wheels through its eight-speed automatic gearbox. This concept, which was built in Kia’s Frankfurt design studio, is indicative of what Kia plans for its expansion. This concept also provides the blueprint for Kia’s new design direction as led by chief designer Peter Schreyer.

The all-new KIA GT Concept car is taking a whole new route. The highly advanced, dynamic and powerful car is now also a four-seater with a rear-wheel drive. Indeed, Kia combines its sleek and sporty concept car with the comfort and luxury of a four-door sedan.

Kia started developing the latest GT Concept design in November 2010. However, it wasn’t the first time that the designers thought about incorporating the rear-wheel drive technology to a premium sedan.

Peter Schreyer (Kia’s Chief Design Officer) justified how a rear-drive layout has brought them new ways to explore the concept and this change in direction results in entirely new proportions. Both American and European consumers admire a sports car with front engine and rear-wheel drive. Hence, this type of concept is not only popular among Korean consumers.

Moreover, Kia’s European Design Chief Gregory Guillaume explained how the team took inspiration from the classic GT cars of the seventies. Imagine a luxury sports car that travels back and forth to South France and Paris in style. This is exactly what they want for the new GT Concept. Therefore, the new Kia GT Concept must have the right amount of confidence and sophistication without trying too hard.

Meanwhile, the new GT’s aerodynamic design concept is conveyed almost everywhere it is deemed necessary. You can see this in the car’s propeller-inspired carbon fibre wheel then at the car’s rear-view cameras, the air intakes as well as the wrap-around winglets at the headlights.

Interestingly, the designers borrowed its theme from 2007’s Kia Kee Concept Car that was showcased at the Frankfurt Motorshow. Likewise, the 2010’s Kia Pop design motif also played a small role in the current theme. In spite of these, Guillaume and Schreyer made sure that the all-new GT concept would stand out with its unique truncated rear end, broad and powerful shoulders, rearward stance and extensive new bonnet that push the front wheels further to the front. It goes without saying how the brand is moving forward to a whole new direction.

Topics: kia, concept, production

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