Peter Schreyer Hints at Production Version.
According to Kia, the GT Concept draws inspiration from the 2007 Kee concept and the iconic GTs of the 1970s. Schreyer’s goal was to make sure that the GT’s proportions could not be mistaken for anything other than a rear-wheel drive performance saloon, that is why he pushed the front wheels as far front as he could, placed the cabin further back and created a short rear end.
Now all this sounds to us like Kia is paving the way for a production version. Schreyer’s comments about the four-seater sedan reinforces this impression: “One of the great things about working on this project was that this is a very real car. It felt good to work on a car that could roll down the road tomorrow,” says Schreyer.
So does this mean that Kia is actually mulling a production model? Schreyer certainly hopes so. “It would be a dream to put it into production,” says Kia’s head designer. “It has a logical layout, with four seats and good luggage space, and it’s also engaging and dynamic and makes a strong statement.”
The last statement of the man who transformed Kia’s design is even more revealing about the chances of a production RWD saloon from Kia: “This is exactly the kind of car Kia should be making.”
Update with new information and photos.
Kia reveals the new photo album of the upcoming rear-wheel-drive concept for Frankfurt finally called “GT”. According some news site, this four-door coupe concept anticipating the future high-class premium sedan of the korean automaker, the K9.
One of the images is a nice elevated rear 3/4 shot that shows a decorative license plate bearing the “GT” moniker. The new photos also reveal more of the car’s design than we could tell from the aggressively cropped set that Kia distributed last month. Also included are the first views of this concept’s interior, which appears simply executed with high-end materials and a driver-oriented cockpit, but nowhere near realistic enough to be ready for production.
- Engine: Lamda V6, 3.3-litre T-GDI [turbocharged, gasoline direct injection].
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic.
- Max power: 395 PS.
- Max torque: 534 Nm.
- Length: 4690 mm.
- Width: 1890 mm.
- Height: 1380 mm.
- Wheelbase: 2860 mm.
Check out all of the new Kia GT concept images in our gallery, and give us your opinion.