When Kia showed the stunning GT concept at the Frankfurt motor show back in 2011, most of the industry pundits just laughed it off as an over ambitious show car that will come out as a watered down production car. But if the latest teaser video is anything to go by, the South Korean carmaker seems to have kept most of the styling cues from that concept intact in the production model that will be revealed at the Detroit motor show on January 8.
The GT is a momentous model for Kia, as it’s the brand’s first ever rear-wheel drive car, and also its fastest-accelerating ever, having been honed at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Expected to be powered by the same 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 that powers the Genesis G80 and puts out 365bhp, the GT will do the 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds. The short video reveals the production car’s headlight and taillight designs, the signature grille with an integrated camera, air vents on the bonnet and the sides and the quad exhaust pipes. It also shows a power sunroof that slides open to give us a glimpse of the cabin, or rather parts of it. Here, you can see carbon-fibre trim on the centre console, an automatic climate control, the shift lever for Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, and also the blind spot monitoring alert on the side mirror.
Although Kia hasn’t followed sister brand Hyundai’s strategy of creating a separate premium badge, it’s likely to be positioned as a rival to the likes of BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, but at a much lower price level. While Genesis is also aiming at this segment with the upcoming G70, the Kia GT offers customers a more rakish, sportier option. Watch this space for more info and pictures as the GT is revealed on January 8.