Kia preparing a convertible and a Golf GTI rival

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2012

Aside from the new 2014 Kia Soul that was recently spied, the automaker is also developing a Soul convertible variant and a sporty hatchback model that will compete with the Volkswagen Golf GTI. When Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s overseas marketing director, was recently interviewed, he said that the company is preparing turbocharged engines and is in the process of tuning suspension as well as readying a rival to the Golf GTI.

Kia’s latest models were tremendously improved over their predecessors. It is currently developing a hot hatch based on the next-generation Kia Cee’d, which will make its debut next fall. It’s believed that it will be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant used in the Optima sporty hatch.

In the sedan, the turbocharged Theta II engine delivers 274-hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. It would have been exciting if this engine could be fitted in a lighter hatchback but the automaker will probably detune it. Soon-Nam also mentioned convertibles and their popularity in Europe. He confirmed that there is a plan to present a Soul-based convertible intended for 2014.

The interest for Stuck in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Generation VI started with the engine like its previous versions.

Like the last GTI, the most important feature considered in this development is the boosted high-tech engine turbo which fits perfectly with the changing times. Such upgrade is more efficient with fuel compared to a large displacement engine, yet the turbocharger makes it as athletic as the latter.

The second generation GTI had an impressively boosted four cylinder engine (118 kW / 160 PS).

Up to the fourth generation Golf GTI 132 kW, the era of boosted engines gained actual momentum which is something technology and time are prepared for.

On GTI's 25th anniversary in 2001, a limited edition 132 kW / 180-PS version was introduced and a total of 3,000 cars were released for such event. Even the 150-PS turbo cannot compete with the anniversary version. A whole new engine with turbocharged four-cylinder was released upon the launching of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk V which delivered a power of 147 kW / 200 PS. Thereafter, another 169 kW / 230 PS turbo engine was introduced in the VW Golf GTI Edition 30 on the GTI's 30th anniversary.

This new engine later on powered the second Pirelli GTI and the new Golf GTI's TSI engine is now at 155 kW / 210 PS, in terms of power level.

The performance as well as the displacement data may suggest advanced development for the 200-PS engine but such is actually just a new power plant of the "EA888" generations which originated in the 230-PS version.

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