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 |  Oct 23 2013, 11:45 AM

Kia-GT-Main-ArtSlowly but surely Kia is transforming itself from a provider of inexpensive transportation appliances to a purveyor of premium automobiles. Further pushing the brand up-market, reports indicate the South Korean firm will build a production version of its dramatic GT concept.

This four-door coupe design study was revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. It’s built on a rear-wheel-drive architecture and features a very swoopy body with design cues that wouldn’t look out of place on a Jaguar. It could go on sale in 2016.

The concept was powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injected turbo-V6 belting out 395 ponies. The car’s engine was matched to a technically advanced eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Supposedly the production version of this striking car will still feature a four-door coupe body but will lose its fire-breathing V6. A modest turbo-four would likely be the engine of choice. Alternative powertrains are also distinct possibilities; a diesel or hybrid system could find a home ahead of the firewall.

Will this “lowly” Kia have the goods to compete with cars like the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class or BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe? Who knows, but one thing’s almost a given, if or when the GT makes it into production it will certainly be more affordable than these high-brow competitors.

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  • Brian Cornelius

    All I have to say is WOW!!!. My wife and I bought a 2012 Sorento and I liked it so much I bought an Optima. Then we upgraded the Sorento to the 2013. When I saw the Credenza I thought nice but not nicer than my Optima especially for the price. I figured the improved styling was about to taper off but this GT is WOW!!!. If the price is right and it’s a 4 dr sport with the Sorrento 6cyl I may have to pass the Optima to my kids and say hello GT.