Kia GT concept. Click image to enlarge
Los Angeles, California – Kia has presented the North American introduction of its Kia GT concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept, originally shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is the first rear-wheel drive concept in Kia’s history.
“Over the past three years, Kia’s design-led transformation has delivered more new products than any other brand, and the first showing of the striking GT concept on U.S. soil provides a glimpse into our future showroom and the continuing role world-class design will play in the development of our vehicles,” said Michael Sprague, vice-president of Kia’s marketing and communications. “With its rear-wheel drive platform and powerful engine, the GT concept represents exciting possibilities for Kia as we move forward to the next chapter in brand history.”
The concept includes a carbon-fibre grille insert, swept-back headlamps, extended hood, propeller-style rims, and rear-hinged back doors.
The GT uses a turbocharged 3.3-litre direct-injection engine that produces 395 horsepower and 393 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.