- The Kia GT, a four-door fastback model, is headed for U.S. showrooms targeting the Audi A7, BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and Porsche Panamera.
- Kia executives confirmed that a showroom version of the GT concept is in Kia's upcoming product portfolio for the U.S.
- The Kia GT is designed to boost the Korean brand's appeal with car shoppers seeking a sporty image.
The Kia GT is the production version of the Kia GT Concept, a 390-horsepower rear-wheel-drive vehicle that was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. It is slated to arrive at U.S. Kia dealerships by the end of 2016.
The Kia GT is designed to boost the Korean brand's appeal with car shoppers seeking a sporty image. It will flesh out a lineup that includes such affordable cars as the Kia Soul and more expensive offerings, including the Kia Cadenza and K900.
Although the GT is aimed primarily at the U.S. market, it will also be sold in Europe, where a diesel version will be offered. It is unlikely that the diesel model will be sold here.
The rear-wheel-drive Kia GT is expected to be powered by a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The so-called "suicide" or rear-hinged doors of the concept are not expected to make it into production. But shoppers can expect the fastback silhouette and a high-end cabin with a wide array of electronics systems.
Edmunds says: Although not likely to be a big seller, the Kia GT is a statement car that is sure to get lots of showroom attention. In the meantime, car shoppers have lots of compelling options in this segment.