Kia GT Heading to US in 2016 as Audi A7 Rival

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Kia GT concept is heading to production.

According to a recent report from Edmunds, the Kia GT is scheduled to arrive U.S. dealerships by the end of 2016 sporting a rear-wheel drive platform and 390 hp. Designed to boost the Korean automaker’s image, the Kia GT will complete with the Audi A7 and BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo in the growing segment of four-door coupes. The company also has plans of releasing it in Europe with a diesel offering, though it’s unlikely that the diesel variant will make it to the U.S.

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That means the U.S. model is expected to be powered by a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but don’t get too excited that the rear-hinged doors found on the concept as they’re not expected to make it to production. What will make it to dealerships is the high-end interior as Kia continues trying to appeal to the luxury segment.

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[Source: Edmunds]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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