As this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show draws to a close, those of us who are Kia fans can’t help but remember the 2011 show when the Kia GT concept car was unveiled. The GT concept was confirmed for production last year and while it has been delayed, the word now is that the car will launch in 2017.
What is the Kia GT concept car?
The GT is obviously a Kia, but it does not look anything like the other cars in the Korean brand’s lineup.
This is the power of the identity that lead-designer Peter Schreyer has crafted over the years. He’s penned a design language that can be applied to cars of many shapes and purposes. The purpose of the GT is to impress.
“Whichever way you look at it, this concept car is roaring with energy, ready for takeoff,” says Schreyer. The profile of the car has all the characteristics of a sophisticated sports coupe, and that attitude is achieved via a four-door sedan that will ultimately be as fun as it is practical.
As a show car, the Kia GT has a number of ambitious features such as floating seats, an OLED instrument display, and suicide doors. It also discards side-view mirrors for a more aerodynamic solution – side-mounted cameras, each with their own display screen within the vehicle.
When will the Kia GT production model go on sale?
Though Kia has been quiet about the GT since announcing they would build a production version, an April interview with Drive magazine confirmed it was still in the works. More recently, Auto Express has confirmed via “Kia sources” that the Korean automaker has delayed the launch of the production GT from 2016 to 2017.
The concept car featured a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine capable of sending 389 horsepower to the rear wheels. Specifics on a powertrain haven’t been discussed, but AE says to expect four and six-cylinder options as well as a planned “hot V8.” That kind of news is very exciting, and should help the GT compete with the likes of the Porsche Panamera, the Audi A7, and the Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 as originally intended.
Peter Schreyer has reportedly signed off on the production design, which should retain much of the styling of the concept car, though the suicide doors will not carry over (no surprises there).
The prospect of a new halo car is always exciting, and in the grand scheme of things, we won’t be waiting long before the Kia GT is ready for sale. The biggest question left: are you ready for the Kia GT? Sound off on social media and let us know what you think next time you’re visiting us at Leith Autopark Kia.