Kia first revealed a concept of the GT, a sports car, more than five years ago at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The car was spotted in testing earlier this year, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts everywhere. Now Kia executives are coming forward with more details about the highly-anticipated sports car.
While there’s no confirmation on how much power the 2018 Kia GT will bring to the road, Albert Biermann, head of performance development at Hyundai-Kia, revealed that it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That engine was displayed in the GT4 Stinger at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and produced 315 hp for that model.
Biermann also stated there would be a diesel model marketed towards Europe and claimed he had personally driven the Kia GT around the Nürburgring just recently. The diesel model won’t make it to the United States anytime soon and a hybrid model isn’t likely to make it to production at all.
The high-performance model will likely feature the 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine that pumps out 380 hp in future Genesis luxury models. As for the design, the 2018 Kia GT will forego the standard coupe and sedan style, instead taking the appearance of a four-door coupe.
Here at Bill Walsh Kia, a 2018 Kia GT preview isn’t enough—we can’t wait to see the official reveal!