This unofficial rendering we found on KoreanCarBlog show a long, slender silhouette with a bit of muscle at the front. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Maserati Quattroporte. We’re guessing this is actually a production version of the 2011 Kia GT Concept that was shown this year in Frankfurt. This would mean that they are considering a turbocharged V6 for this bad boy.
However, it’s supposedly underpinned by the same chassis as the Hyundai Hyundai Equus and will get the same 5.0-liter GDI V8 engine with 429 horsepower and their own 8-speed automatic. The GT Concept from Frankfurt made use of a turbocharged V6 that sent its power to the rear wheels, but the industry is buzzing with the news that the other four-cylinder GDI-T units will also be used.
Sources say the K9 will bow in spring 2012, but only in Korea, as the European and American debut is still a year away.