Kia Reportedly Planning Fiesta ST Fighter

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Kia Reportedly Planning Fiesta ST Fighter

Kia is planning to build some new sports cars, including a hot hatch rival to the Ford Fiesta ST. 

First, Kia will launch the GT, a four-door coupe styled sports car that is expected to reach production in 2017. That will act as a halo sports car, under which will sit the already existing Optima GT, Procee’d GT, and the all-new Rio GT hot hatch.

A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 180 hp is expected to power the Rio GT, which will sit on an all-new lightweight platform. The new Kia Rio is expected to launch in 2017, so it is likely the GT will hit the market in 2018 or 2019.

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Just like Hyundai’s upcoming lineup of ‘N’ sports cars, the new Kia GT lineup is being engineered under ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann. Kia wants to establish itself as a competent builder of hot hatches and the Rio GT will look to make a name for itself in the segment.

[Source: Autocar]

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  • Bug S Bunny

    The above is hardly a sports car, but it appears to be a nice effort toward sporty. I want to know what happened to the Miata fighter from Kia.

  • kritikl

    kia makes great cars and that is why it has good re-sale value.

  • Mark S

    Where do you get the great resale value from? I thought they “okay” but not in the Subaru Impreza, Toyota FJ realm.

  • Mark S

    Sure that Kia can get a great power:weight ratio, gtrat MSRP, but can they dial in the handling on budget?