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Kia to unveil V8-powered RWD sports coupe in Frankfurt
Kia is rumored to be working on a series of sports cars, including the new V8-powered sports coupe that is scheduled to make its official premiere as a concept car at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
In order to bolster the brand’s image and give the company a standout flagship vehicle, Kia aims to enter a muscle car arena.
According to British magazine WhatCar?, Kia plans to unveil a pair of concpet cars to gauge interest among consumers in Europe and USA.
First Kia concept coupe to be displayed is the V8-powered rear-wheel-drive sports coupe that shares its RWD platform and V8 Tau engine with the 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan.
The unnamed V8 coupe will be followed by another study, using the same architecture and powertrain technology as the first one.
The second concept will make its official public premiere at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January. If public opinion of the rumored concept cars is strong, a production model could hit the market within two to three years.
Additionally, Kia is also seriously considering to unveil a smaller and more affordable sporty convertible to rival the Mazda MX-5 as well as creating a performance-oriented sub-brand similar to Opel’s OPC or Chrysler’s SRT.