Home / Auto News / News article: Kia K9 Gets Green Light as Rear-Drive, V8-Powered Genesis Double - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Mar 25 2011, 6:19 PM

Rumored to be in the production pipeline since 2009, Kia will reportedly move ahead with plans to introduce a flagship K9 sedan.

The K9 (following Kia’s Korean numbering scheme) will be based on the same chassis as the Genesis sedan from parent company Hyundai. That being said, it will be a true rear-wheel drive machine, likely sporting the brand’s Tau V8 (4.6-liters or 5.0-liters), mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

Set to launch next year, this report fits with a larger plan announced by Kia to expand into niche markets with more engaging vehicles.

According to CAR Magazine, the K9 won’t make its way to European soil, but is planned for North America.

[Source: CAR]

  • azmx5

    Hail to the rear wheel drive ballsy big 8 sedan from Korea! Count on the Koreans to understand the driving desires of American enthusiasts. Hopefully this will encourage other factories to do more rear wheel beasts.

  • sattore

    What’s in a name? Maybe law enforcement in NA will use these Kias for drug-sniffing cars so they won’t have to paint the name on them — it’ll already be there.