A couple of images depicting what appears to be the 2016 Kia Optima GT have hit the web.

The rear end of the car seems to be identical to the 2016MY Optima US-spec shown earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, with the obvious exception of the GT badge. Chances are this is the European version of the North American Optima SX and will be offered exclusively with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine which in US-spec guise delivers 247 bhp (184 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

An official reveal of the European Optima will likely occur next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show where this range-topping GT version is expected to make an appearance. Since Europeans are fans of diesels, Kia will probably offer its trusty 1.7- and 2.0-liter units along with a lesser turbocharged gasoline unit, likely the 1.6-liter T-GDI which in the new Sportage will deliver 174 bhp (130 kW).

Following its IAA debut, the Euro-spec Optima should go on sale before the end of this year or early 2016.

Gallery: Kia Optima GT first images emerge, likely Euro-spec model

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