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2014 Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Unveiled In NYC
There are no more surprises in store for the 2014 Kia Forte, with the sedan unveiled at last year’s LA Auto Show, the Forte 5-door hatchback on display at the recent Chicago Auto show, and the new Forte Koup 2-door coupe getting its world premiere at the New York Auto Show.
The Forte is Kia’s attempt at rivaling the Honda Civic Coupe, with the design work being done at the California design studio.
The 2014 Forte Koup coupe will be available in the US in the fourth quarter, and will come in a pair of trim levels (EX and SX), as well as two engine and transmission choices.
The EX will be powered by a 2,0L GDI engine delivering 173HP and 154 lb-ft (209 Nm), paired to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
Forte Koup SX With 1,6L Turbo Engine
The SX is a little sportier and comes with a new 1,6L turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine with an output of 201HP and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque, with the option of being mated to a 6-speed manual or auto transmission.
It will also feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Kia has revealed that the suspension has been improved, thanks to the addition of a McPherson strut up front and a torsion beam design in the rear.
The results should be a better handling performance than that seen in the 4-door and 5-door models. The EX rides on standard 205/55R-16 tires while 225/40R-18 tires are included with the SX trim.