Frankfurt 2011: The Kia GT Concept

Frankfurt 2011: The Kia GT Concept image

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The power to surprise indeed

Kia is set to steal the show at Frankfurt as the Korean automaker is unveiling their first ever rear wheel drive car in the Kia GT concept.

GT concept interior

Although work on the Kia GT concept first started in November 2010, the idea of a powerful rear-wheel drive Kia saloon had been percolating in the minds of Kia's European designers for some time.

GT side view

"This concept allows us to explore exciting new design directions, as using a rear-drive layout creates very different proportions compared to a front-wheel drive car," says Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer. "The classic front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout of a performance saloon has distinct appeal not just for the domestic Korean audience, but also for the European and American markets."

GT rear

The new concept car is powered by a Lamda 3.3 liter V6 that has been turbocharged and features direct gasoline injection. The engine pumps out 395 metric horsepower and is coursed through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

"One of the great things about working on this project was that this is a very real car," says Schreyer. "It's exactly the kind of car Kia should be making."