Kia pro_cee'd GT Launched in Britain, Pricing Announced

You guys wouldn't believe the hype Kia UK is making around its latest car! Let us give you an example: "The most eagerly anticipated new model in Kia’s history, the high-performance three-door pro_cee’d GT, is to go on sale in the UK."
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While we don't completely share in their enthusiasm, we do understand where they are coming from. After all, the 3-door version cee'd finally has the engine it needed all those years ago.

Equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-lliter with direct injection, the pro_cee'd GT offers customers decent performance. 0 to 60 mph comes in 7.4 seconds and the top speed is 143 mph. That sounds quite a bit more impressive than 0 to 100 km/h (62 mpg), the real benchmark, in 7.7 seconds.

Still, the numbers for the engine itself are respectable, with 204 PS (201bhp) and 265 Nm of torque being channeled through a six-speed manual. The reason why it's not faster is that all the power comes in at 6,000rpm. But, we don't need to see this as a real hot hatch, only a mildly hot hatch.

The semi-hot Kia's closest competitor would have to be the Vauxhall Astra GTC, which costs £22,000 when equipped with a 1.6 Turbo engine.

Speaking of prices and competition, the pro_cee'd GT will go on sale across Britain on July 1st with prices starting at £19,995. The five-door version of the car will arrive in 2014. Some people will buy the Clio RS for the money, but the Kia does have very good standard features.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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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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