Kia is introducing a more powerful version of the all-new Optima (Euro-spec) at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Kia is introducing a more powerful version of the all-new Optima (Euro-spec) at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Several official images of the Optima GT leaked online back in August and at that point we assumed it will be the European version of the US-spec Optima SX. It turns out we were right as the higher specification mid-size sedan uses the same four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine pushing out a more than decent 245 PS (180 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque in the 1,350 to 4,000 rpm range.

This is a Euro 6-compliant, direct-injection engine which enables the Optima GT to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 7.4 seconds before topping out at 150 mph (240 km/h). As for fuel consumption, Kia says the model needs 8.2 liters / 100 km (28.6 mpg US or 34.4 mpg UK) in the combined cycle and has corresponding CO2 emissions of 191 g/km.

Aside from getting a more powerful engine, the Optima GT also has a sportier body, fresh alloy wheels and several tweaks inside the cabin. It also benefits from a retuned suspension, bigger disc brakes, revised rack-mounted motor-driven power steering and a newly developed Electronically-Controlled Suspension system which offers individualized damping force to each wheel.

The car being showcased these days in Frankfurt is billed as a prototype, but the production Optima GT will be virtually the same once it will go on sale sometime next year.

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