Kia Fully Reveals Its New GT Concept, Could Enter Production

The wait is officially over, as Kia has taken the wraps off the new four-door GT concept we’ve been waiting to see. The South Korean automaker has finally shown... the car that we know just about everything about since last week.
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Under the bonnet is the engine we’ve all been waiting for, a 3.3-liter T-GDI (turbocharged, gasoline direct injection) unit capable of delivering 395 horsepower and 534 Nm of torque.

The body is elegant but muscular, with the car measuring 4690 mm in length, 1890 mm in width and 1380 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2860 mm. Inside, you are greeted by single piece seats, a three spoke steering wheel and an instrument panel made out of glass.

“This concept allows us to explore exciting new design directions, as using a rear-drive layout creates very different proportions compared to a front-wheel drive car,”
says Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer.  ”The classic front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout of a performance saloon has distinct appeal not just for the domestic Korean audience, but also for the European and American markets.”

“At the onset of this project, the design team was inspired by the spirit of iconic 1970s GT cars: sumptuous and elegant vehicles capable of whisking passengers from Paris to the South of France in effortless style and at high speed.  We wanted to create something similarly graceful, athletic and confident, but not aggressive or overbearing,” adds Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Design Chief.

As for the chances of it actually going into production, Schreyer says: “One of the great things about working on this project was that this is a very real car. It felt good to be working on a car that could roll down the road tomorrow.  Yes, it would be a dream to put this into production – it has a logical layout, with four seats, and good luggage space, and it’s also engaging and dynamic and makes a strong statement.  It’s exactly the kind of car Kia should be making.”
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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