2010 Kia Forte Koup. Click image to enlarge
2010 Kia Forte Koup
New York, New York – Kia Motors presented the global debut of the 2010 Forte Koup production vehicle during a press conference at the 2009 New York International Auto Show today. Joining the Forte family in the KMA lineup, the company’s first-ever two-door coupe embodies the brand’s current bold design direction.
Based on the design styling of the KOUP concept vehicle shown during last year’s show, the Forte Koup offers an aggressive stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low, sleek profile. Available in two trim levels (EX and SX), the Forte Koup offers a muscular yet sophisticated design. With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and overall height of 55.1 inches, Forte Koup is slightly shorter in length and height than the Forte sedan, but still has seating for up to five passengers.
Built on a front-wheel-drive unibody frame, the Forte Koup utilizes the same platform as the sedan, with an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension with struts and coil springs. The SX trim also comes with a sport-tuned suspension providing for a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling.
The Forte Koup EX is driven by a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine, producing 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. The SX features an upgraded 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, also with CVVT, which delivers 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque, more than the Scion tC.
Like the Forte sedan, two transmission options are available for both 2010 Forte Koup models: a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission (EX models). The SX model features a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional five-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic.