Near-production Kia GT concept to be unveiled in a few months – Report

Posted on: Jul 23, 2015 - 3:16pm IST

Company reportedly interested in launching a production model.

The Kia GT concept was originally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011 as the South Korean brand’s first rear-wheel drive vehicle.

Kia GT concept front three quarters left
The Kia GT concept of 2011 was powered by a 3.3-litre T-GDI turbocharged V6 petrol engine that produces 395 PS (390 hp) and 534 Nm of torque.

According to a new report from Autovisie, the concept’s further development will be previewed by second concept car probably at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show in November or at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The first concept was powered by a 3.3-litre T-GDI turbocharged V6 petrol engine that produces 395 PS (390 hp) and 534 Nm of torque. The “performance saloon” outlined the brand’s idea of a future model for South Korean, European and American markets. The concept’s “design team was inspired by the spirit of iconic 1970s GT cars”, said Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Design Chief.

Kia GT concept rear three quarters left
The second concept is likely to have a near-production design and perhaps bear the name of the production car.

The second prototype was recently shown to select employees in the company, revealed undisclosed insiders to the publication. Previewing the concept’s further development four years later indicates that the company is serious about putting it into production.

Complying with that speculation, the Dutch publication also says that the GT is close to production stage. Thus, the concept to be unveiled in Frankfurt should be near-to-production-spec, and maybe also bear the name to be used for the production model.

Kia GT concept dashboard
Kia could use either the next Los Angeles Auto Show or the Detroit Auto Show to unveil the second GT.

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The second prototype was signed off under the leadership of Kia Motors President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, and the requirements to meet crash safety standards are now being considered for it, suggests the report.

Kia GT concept (2011) – Image Gallery

[Source: Autovisie]

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