Kia introduces high-powered GT version of Optima at Frankfurt

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 15, 2015

Kia Motors Europe unveiled the Kia Optima GT to the public for the first time. What makes it different from the previous Optima models is that the Optima GT has a more athletic design both on the interior and exterior. When officially released, the Optima GT will have a bolder body style, new design for its wheels, and redesigned ‘tiger-nose’ grille.

The interior has the same high-quality and refined feel in standard versions. However, the execution this time is more dynamic giving no doubt as to the car’s real sporty character. The on-road performance of the Optima GT has also been made more dynamic.

Though the production-model of the Optima GT is still in development, the new model being shown is the result of the collaborative effort of Kia’s European R&D center located in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and the Namyang, Korea-based global R&D centre.

Thus the hope is that the Optima GT is not simply a sports sedan but will also be one that will meet the expectation of drivers from Europe. The Optima GT’s handling, performance, and ride have been modified to match its dynamic and muscular appearance without compromising the comfortable ride and refinement that more conventional models of Kia has been known for.

Unlike the standard versions, the Optima GT has been specifically engineered to be driven on Europe’s roads through the distinct suspension settings. It will also be equipped with the Electronically-Controlled Suspension system that will enable individualized damping force to be provided for each wheel.

Further improving its performance are larger disc brakes and motor-driven rack-mounted power steering. Its turbocharged gasoline 2.0-litre T-GDI direct injection engine also gives a higher power output. The Optima GT will be previewed during the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

This will be the second model from Kia to be released to the European market since the Pro_cee’d GT and Cee’d GT back in 2013. The standard Kia Optima is expected to go on sale in the 4th Quarter of 2015 in Europe.

The Optima GT will then follow in 2016. This particular range is set to expand in the near future and it will also add the body style that was inspired by the SPORTSPACE. As a concept car, the Kia SPORTSPACE initially debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015.

Press Release


Kia Motors Europe has today announced that a high-powered version of the all-new Kia Optima is in development. The new Optima GT will be Kia’s first-ever high performance Optima in Europe when it goes on sale in 2016.

The Kia Optima GT is being shown for the first time today at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), alongside the all-new Optima in European production specification. Set to introduce the Kia brand to those looking for a more emotive, performance-oriented drive, the Optima will be Kia’s second GT model, after the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT were introduced to the European market in 2013.

More athletic design, inside and out

The Optima GT will boast a more athletic appearance than the standard Optima model – already one of the most distinctive, bold-looking cars in the D-segment. Previewed today as a prototype in Frankfurt, the production-ready Optima GT will feature a redesigned ‘tiger-nose’ grille, bold body styling, and a new wheel design.

Inside, the Optima GT will be based upon the same refined, high-quality interior found in standard versions of the all-new Optima, with a more dynamic intent in its execution, to leave drivers in no doubt as to the sporty character of the car.

On-road performance to match more dynamic brief

The new Optima GT is currently in development as a collaborative effort between Kia’s global R&D centre in Namyang, Korea, and the company’s European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The result will be a sports sedan that matches the dynamic expectations of European drivers.

Ride, handling and performance will each be tuned to match the Optima GT’s more muscular appearance and dynamic brief, without compromising the refinement and comfortable ride of the more conventional models in the range

Engineered for European roads, the Optima GT will get its own unique suspension settings compared to standard models in the Optima range, and will be fitted with a new Electronically-Controlled Suspension system, to provide individualised damping force to each wheel. Larger disc brakes and a tailored version of Kia’s new rack-mounted motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) will further improve the Optima GT’s dynamic performance.

Offering a higher power output than other models in the range, the Optima GT will be powered by a 2.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine.

Further technical details of the Optima GT will be announced closer to the car’s European launch.

All-new Kia Optima range on-sale in Europe in Q4 2015

The standard all-new Kia Optima range will go on sale across Europe in Q4 2015, with the Optima GT to follow in 2016. The Optima range is due to expand in future, with the addition of a new body style inspired by the Kia SPORTSPACE concept car, first shown at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.

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