Kia GT Hits Research and Development Stage
How’s this for convoluted official confirmation that the Kia GT is real and headed for production? An Australian journalist, after talking to a top Korean executive, has learned the sportscar will come to the US because of strong sales in Europe. We had reported earlier that “unnamed” Kia officials were confirming the Kia GT for production but now Kia’s vice president of overseas marketing, Soon-Nam Lee, has told CarAdvice.com, an Australian website, “the company’s research and development division has been given the development task.” RELATED: See More Photos of the Kia GT Concept
Turns out the Kia GT got the greenlight because of sales in Europe of the Pro_Cee’d. That’s a three-door hatch with the 1.6-liter turbo founded in the Hyundai Veloster.
Of course because the the Pro_Cee’d is a hatchback we will never see it in the United States. Americans just don’t have enough taste for them (and we regularly castigate Americans for that).
RELATED: See More Pictures of the Kia Pro-Cee'd
The big mystery continues to be what powertrain the GT is going to get. That’s where the R&D team comes in. We’ve got a suggestion. Drop in the 293-horsepower V6 from the Kia Cadena. Problem solved.
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