Kia GT Four-Door Coupe Rumored to Launch in 2016

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
Slowly 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.

SEE ALSO: Kia GT May Not Get Turbo V6

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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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Brian Cornelius Brian Cornelius on Oct 30, 2013

    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.

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