Report: Kia GT Sports Car Debuts This Year, Rio GT Hot Hatch in 2018

 

Kia’s new sports car will arrive a bit sooner than previously anticipated, according to a report from Autocar. The new coupe, supposedly called the Kia GT, may debut later this year, setting the stage for other GT-badged cars in the future, including a Rio GT hot hatchback.
We first got an indication of Kia’s sports-car ambitions with the GT4 Stinger concept car shown at the 2014 Detroit auto show, a rear-wheel-drive coupe powered by a 315-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four. While we don’t know much about the production Kia GT at this point, it’s highly likely to keep the concept car’s RWD layout; Kia told us in 2014 that a rear-drive layout was a must for a potential sports car.
From what we can see, it seems like the Kia GT will sit somewhere in between the 200-hp Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins and more powerful sports cars like the 332-hp Nissan 370Z and the 310-hp Ford Mustang EcoBoost. In terms of styling, Autocar says that the sports car will incorporate design cues from the GT4 Stinger as well as the elegant Kia GT four-door-coupe concept shown in 2011.

With the Kia GT slated for production starting in 2017, we may see a version of this new model debut within the next few months; Autocar predicts a launch at the 2016 Paris auto show in October.

Rio GT hot hatch on its way

2016 Kia Rio SX 5 Door Front Three Quarter 02

 

Kia’s sporty GT models will expand beyond the new sports car, too, as the company is reportedly planning to introduce a Kia Rio GT hot hatchback after the subcompact model is redesigned. Setting its sights directly on the Ford Fiesta ST, the Rio GT is slated to receive a 1.6-liter turbo-four with at least 180 hp. Along with all next-generation Rio models, the hotted-up GT will use an all-new platform that’s said to bring weight savings and improved driving dynamics to Kia’s smallest model sold in the U.S.
The next-generation Kia Rio will supposedly arrive in 2017, with the Rio GT following around a year later. Keep an eye out for more news on Kia’s plans for these exciting new sporty models as we learn more in the coming months.

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