Chicago, Illinois – Kia has unveiled the world premiere of the Track’ster, a performance concept version of the Soul, at the Chicago Auto Show.

The company said that the three-door Soul coupe concept hints at “what could possibly be the future of Kia’s wildly successful Soul.”

“The idea was to make the Track’ster tough looking, like a bulldog,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer for Kia Motors America. “But the car had to be approachable as well. We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude. It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people’s conceptions of what a sporty Kia could be.”

The Track’ster features a longer wheelbase than the Soul, with 19-inch monoblock billet wheels, Brembo brakes, LED driving lights, lower valance trimmed in carbon fibre, and smooth billet push-style door handles.

The concept drivetrain is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower, a 66 per cent increase over that of the production Soul, with four-wheel drive, lowered sport suspension and short-throw six-speed manual transmission.

Inside, the rear seats have been replaced with a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well, along with large bins that can stow racing gear and emergency supplies.

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