2014 Kia Cadenza: Project Car
April 1, 2014
I've been bugging my boss to let me do an Edmunds project car for years, but my pleas have fallen of deaf ears. That was until I made a fatal mistake.
I said, "I don't even care what car it is, I'll do anything."
Welcome to the first installment of Project Cadenza. The goal here is to develop a show car to grace the SEMA floor this November in Las Vegas. That means I've got six months to get this done. Fortunately, I've been given an unlimited budget, so the sky's the limit.
Concept one is shown above. I call it the CaStancedA. It's been dropped to the ground (poorly) with all of the negative camber. I also had to go with a rear wing because...ummm...you know...downforce? Whatever, the kids will love it.
Here we have the second concept. I call it the CaDonkZa. That's right, I donked this beast. In my extensive Google image search for Donks I kept seeing graphics on cars for candy and breakfast cereals, so I figured I'd join in with a more mature alternative.
Then there's CrushDenza, the monster truck. Probably not feasible, so I didn't spend as much time in Photoshop on this one. But hey, maybe it'll appeal to some untapped Kia demographic?
My favorite is the ClimbDenza, built expressly for the Pike's Peak hill climb. Admittedly, I'm more interested in getting all the free swag from my proposed sponsors.
The easiest concept by far would be the Kia Credenza.
So there are my initial concepts. Which one do you think I should use? Are there any you'd suggest? You know the drill, leave a comment.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 5,300 miles