2016 Kia GT Coupe News — Production Version Based On GT Concept

By | 10/21/2014

The 2016 Kia GT Coupe should be released in the second half of 2015, or in early 2016 the latest. The new performance-oriented coupe will be based on the Kia GT Concept, which had its premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Since its debut, much has changed in the automotive industry, especially in the design field, so the new coupe won’t look exactly like its concept counterpart. However, the latter gives us a good look into what we might expect. The new 2016 GT Coupe will be a sporty, adventurous and cool model, the one dedicated to young, urban and fearless drivers. Though its competition is though, and this is a whole new playground for Kia, it will be interesting to see how well the new model will do. The new coupe will have an interesting and attractive appearance which will be based on the concept’s, but it will be more modern and updated. Aside from the exterior design, the production version might not even get the concept’s V8 unit. However, the information about the new coupe is scarce, so we cannot say anything with certainty. More info will probably be available soon.

2016 Kia GT Coupe

2016 Kia GT Coupe Appearance

The 2016 Kia GT Coupe will have an attractive and modern appearance. Its exterior design will be based on the one seen on the concept, but it will not follow its guiding lines to the exact. The concept was presented some time ago now, and its design looks a bit old-fashioned at the moment. Therefore, the manufacturer will incorporate its current design ideas into the looks of the new fastback. Also, the new coupe will probably lose some of the extravagant details seen on the concept, such is suicide doors. The futuristic feel and overdone design of the concept is never inherited by the production model, so the 2016 GT Coupe will be more down-to-Earth. In addition, the new performance-oriented coupe will be made out of lightweight materials, which will improve its performance and fuel efficiency. Currently, there are no data on its exact weight, but since this kind of logic is the current trend in the automotive industry, expect the results to fall into the common range for a model this size and class.

2016 Kia GT Coupe Concept

Powertrain Speculations

The 2016 Kia GT Coupe powertrain is still unknown. However, there are numerous rumors on the internet about it. Reportedly, the new fastback will not be using the concept’s setup. Let us remind you, the concept was powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that can generate 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. This unit sent its power to the rear wheels. However, the production model will not be using the V6 unit. Instead, there are rumors that it will be powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged mill. This engine will have a smaller power output that the aforementioned V6, and it will come with a front-wheel drive. To be honest, this is a bit disappointing, since the production model will have worse performance than the concept, whose powertrain setup we were hoping to see under the GT Coupe’s hood. On the other hand, the manufacturer has mentioned that there will probably be more engines to choose from, possibly because they anticipated this disappointment. Who knows, maybe one of the optional units could be this V6. In addition, there are also some rumors about the possible hybrid powertrain, but this has not been confirmed yet. There will also be a diesel option, too, but this one is meant for other markets, not the U.S. one.

2016 Kia GT Coupe Release

The 2016 Kia GT Coupe will be released either during 2015, or at the beginning of 2016. As for the price, it is still unknown, though the new model shouldn’t cost more than its competition.

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