Kia will bring to next week’s SEMA show a convertible transformation of their brand new 2016 Optima.

Kia will bring to next week’s SEMA show a convertible transformation of their brand new 2016 Optima.

Joining the Forte Koup Mud Bugger and PacWest Adventure Sorento, Kia’s open-top conversion for the fourth generation Optima mid-size sedan will be displayed next week at SEMA in Las Vegas, but the one-off is only just for show as there aren’t any plans to actually launch a convertible Optima. In order to maintain its structural rigidity after chopping off the roof, the car has been fitted with reinforced steel tubes “discretely” incorporated in the body.

This teal Optima Cabrio takes its inspiration from the Florida A1A highway and has also received a shortened windshield, reverse opening "suicide doors" and a set of shiny 20-inch chrome alloy wheels matched with a Ksport coilover suspension which has substantially lowered the vehicle’s ride height. Inside the cabin it hosts soft buttercream leather upholstery on the front bucket seats while in the back it gets double buckets separated by a custom center console and extended armrests.

Under the hood it has retained the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine pushing out 245 bhp (183 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque, but in this application the motor works together with a high performance exhaust system that likely offers a more powerful grunt.

While there’s no word regarding a possible Optima Cabrio, Kia previously said the new mid-size sedan will serve as foundation for a wagon set to come out next year with influences from the Sportspace concept.

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