Home / Auto News / News article: Kia K9 Hyundai Genesis-Twin Spied Testing in Korea - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Apr 14 2011, 8:56 AM

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As the first proof that such a car actually exists, several pictures of what is believed to be a camouflaged version of the upcoming Ki K9 luxury sedan have made in onto the net thanks to an amateur spy photographer.

Based on the same rear-drive platform as the Hyundai Genesis, the car would likely share the same engines, meaning we should see either a 4.6-liter or 5.0-liter V8, as well as a V6 engine. As in the new 2012 Genesis R-Spec, the 5.0-liter engine makes 429-hp at 6400 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. As for a V6, look for 333-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque with as much as 29-mpg on the highway.

Not likely to debut for at least a year, the car fits Kia’s new corporate mandate to focus on niche market models that would help draw attention to the brand. The K9′s significant size, paired with the brand’s new design language is certain to make the K9 a stand-out on the road.

GALLERY: Kia K9 Spied

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[Source: Driving-Dutchman]

  • Collision of Souls

    This is a sportier more aggressive looking Genesis. Schreyer, the former Audi design guru has certainly turned this company around. I should give credit to Hyundai engineering as well because their direct injection engines and 6 and 8 speed transmissions that are showing up as standard are light years ahead of the 4 and 5 speed tranny’s in Corollas and Civics to date. Hyundai Kia is a serious threat to the establishment and the million cars they will move on North American soil this years will prove it. The Elantra is the #1 selling car in Canada in the first quarter, outselling the next best selling Corolla by 50%. That is a shocking figure. It really is.

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  • Brad Chase

    Kia seems to be breaking away from it’s previous reputation as a “cheap” car. They are now coming out with higher performance vehicles that seem to be really great in quality. Let’s just hope they keep their vehicle warranties the same; then they could possibly be in the running for one of the best car manufacturers out there!

  • Bill Arredondo

    This car will be a game changer and I would buy one in a heartbeat. The combination of styling, performance and high-tech content will make for value that can’t be ignored. The big picture is that the way things are going the Lexus vs Mercedes battle in the late eighties will look like a street fight. I can’t wait!

  • Sirknight

    Now we got something with teeth on and in it. SWEET! if they keep the price in line with sane. Otherwise they overshot the target market. And we can just go buy a HYUNDAI GENESIS.