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Kia GT the hottest concept car at Frankfurt Auto Show?
With Kia GT making its official premiere earlier today we can now reveal more details about the stunning concept car that is displayed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside 2012 Kia Rio 3-door hatchback and refreshed Kia Soul crossover .
The 4.690 mm long and 1.890 mm wide concept car, which signals Kia’s distinctive new design direction, has the classic front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout of a high performance sedan which ensures very different proportions from a front-wheel drive car.
The new concept allowed Kia to explore exciting new visual paths – with an extended bonnet, the front wheels pushed to the very front of the car, the cab-rearward stance with powerful rear shoulders and a truncated rear end.
The front doors and rear-hinged back doors open at a slight upward angle ensuring easy access to the spacious and airy interior which provides generous, uncluttered cabin accommodation for four – thanks in part to the Kia GT’s unusually long wheelbase (2.860 mm) and despite its low stance, overall height is just 1.380 mm.
It was speculated that the Kia GT features a powerful V8 engine under its hood however, the carmaker revealed today the concept car is powered by a 3.3L T-GDI turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine, which delivers 395 horsepower and 535 Nm of torque. Mated to the V6 unit is the all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Speaking of the design, Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Design Chief said the GT concept 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.