Kia Forte Koup
The Kia Forte Koup made quite an impression in its first year: it was named "Car of the Year" by NADAGuides.com and served as the basis for Kia Motors America's (KMA) first-ever U.S. motorsports program with two Koups competing in the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
KMA's first-ever two-door coupe returns its for its sophomore year and continues to showcase with its performance-inspired, aggressive and smooth styling. Following the lead of sibling Forte compact sedan, Forte Koup embodies the brand's current design-led transformation and raises the bar in its segment with impressive style and a blend of standard comfort, technology, performance and safety features that results in a comprehensive package.
Available in two trim levels (EX and SX), Forte Koup surrounds its occupants with the latest in must-have technology, with all models featuring Bluetooth®1 wireless technology connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls that enable voice-activated hands-free operation for compatible cell phones. For listening convenience, steering wheel-mounted audio controls also come standard on all models, as do USB and auxiliary input jacks in the center console with full iPod® and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit or the steering wheel-mounted controls.
A six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio and three months of complimentary service also comes standard on all models, while speaker lights that can either pulse to the beat of the music or simply add mood lighting come standard on all SX models to enhance the personal lounge feeling of the interior.
Based on the KOUP concept vehicle debuted during the 2008 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), and voted a "Best in Show" by MSN Autos after its official unveiling during the 2009 NYIAS, Forte Koup's fluid lines and balanced proportions closely mirror the powerful design cues of the concept vehicle and offer the same refined and athletic stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low, sleek profile. Forte Koup offers a muscular yet sophisticated design, and even from behind, the two-door coupe exudes attitude with slim, wrapped tail lamps, dual exhaust outlets and a rear diffuser.
Standard exterior features are plentiful throughout the Forte Koup EX, including redesigned power heated outside mirrors with LED integrated turn signal indicators, dual chrome exhaust outlets, body-color bumpers and 16-inch alloy wheels outfitted with 205/55R16 Hankook® or Nexen® tires and five-spoke alloy wheels. The SX trim offers an even more powerful profile with 17-inch alloy wheels paired with 215/45R17-sized premium Goodyear® tires and distinctive black-accented 10-spoke alloy wheels. Buyers can choose from an exciting array of exterior colors, including Titanium, Spicy Red, Corsa Blue, Copperhead and Racing Red.
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and overall height of 55.1 inches, the Forte Koup body is 2.4 inches lower, 2.0 inches shorter and 0.4 inches narrower than its sedan sibling, but with the same wheelbase as the sedan Koup provides comfortable seating for up to five passengers. Koup's lowered stance provides smooth aerodynamics for a more exciting and spirited ride with a highly competitive coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.31, which helps improve air flow over, under and around the vehicle, and an aerodynamic lift coefficient (Ci) of just 0.21 that helps increase stability at higher speeds.
The two-door body's high torsional stiffness gives Forte Koup taut, responsive handling, a smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors. Tuned in the U.S. to appeal to livelier driver preferences, the suspension is refined for responsive handling on snaking roads. Built on a lightweight, hydro-formed subframe, Koup's front suspension employs MacPherson struts similar to the sedan, however high-speed stability has been enhanced by lowering the ride height and widening the wheel track. The SX trim also comes with a sport-tuned suspension set to provide a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling.
An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system with high gearing adds the finishing touch for precise driver input to help provide the most advantageous amount of assist for varying road conditions. The smart front suspension design allows for a highly competitive turning circle of just 33.9 feet, or 35.4 feet when outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels.
Additional refinements are utilized throughout Forte Koup to help ensure a comfortable ride while significantly reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Koup is equipped with a lower bumper bottom lip, underfloor airflow deflectors ahead of all four wheels and an engine bay cover, which all assist in reducing drag. Additionally, all-new noise-lowering materials are used in the engine bay bulkhead and rear parcel shelf, including the injection of sound-dampening foam into hollow sections of the bodyshell at strategic noise-transference points and improved door and window seals.
Source: Kia press