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.