A 2016 Kia Optima prototype has broken down on the Nürburgring.

A 2016 Kia Optima prototype has broken down on the Nürburgring.

Details are limited but the car was participating in an industry pool session when something went wrong and had to stop at the Hohenrain which is just a few hundred meters away from the where the Koenigsegg Agera R development car crashed a couple of months ago. As a result, the track was briefly shut down so a tow truck could rescue the Optima and bring it back to Hyundai's European Technical Center for evaluation and repairs.

As we have previously reported, the 2016 Optima is expected to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and adopt an evolutionary design with a sportier front bumper, longer rear doors and a lower roof.

Engine options will likely echo the Hyundai Sonata so expect choices to include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 bhp (138 kW) and 178 lb-ft (241 Nm) of torque as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 245 bhp (182 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

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