Frankfurt LIVE: Kia GT Conceptby Mark Kleis
Kia's daring GT Concept car might be headed for production as a range-topper.
Kia's striking GT Concept finally made its Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, featuring a turbocharged V6 putting power to the rear wheels and an Audi-inspired five-door coupe bodywork.
The engine is actually a derivative of Kia's own Lambda 3.3-liter V6, albeit with some major tweaks including the addition of a turbocharger and direction injection technology, good for 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. This potent six is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The platform is rear-wheel drive and believed to be shared with the Hyundai Genesis sedan.
While the impressive powertrain numbers are sure to excite many fans of the concept, some other details coming from some of the Korean automaker's top brass may be even more exciting. For example, when asked about the inspiration for the car and its rear-wheel drive format, Peter Schreyer, Ki's chief design officer says, "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."
While Schreyer's comment about the GT could be construed to suggest the car was designed with marketability in mind, other remarks are even more forward regarding a possibility for a production variant in the future, "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."
With comments like that, it would almost be more of a surprise not to see a production variant of the GT in the future - but we will wait for final confirmation from Kia before making any promises for would-be buyers.
It is believed that the unnamed concept could lead to a production vehicle for 2015.
Live photos by Mark Elias.