The high-powered ceed GT and pro_cee’d GT have been upgraded with modifications to its powertrain and dynamics. These changes ensure the GT remains among the most compelling – and best-looking – cars in the C-segment ‘hot hatch’ class.
[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]For the exterior, GT models retain much of the visual aggression that differentiates them from the standard cee’d range, including the stylish ‘ice-cube’ daytime LED running lights and sporty bodywork. The 2016 cee’d GT is now also available with a new 18-inch wheel design (the same as in the Forte SX range).
On the inside, ceed GT and pro_cee’d GT models are now fitted with a newly-designed flat-bottomed steering wheel with a subtle GT logo and concave central design (in the picture above), while the black engine start-stop button from the standard cee’d is replaced with an aluminium button. Chrome accents have also been added to in-door power window switches. Combined with the car’s standard RECARO suede bucket seats, these enhancements make the car stand out even further from other models in the range.
A new electronic sound generator, fitted exclusively to GT models and activated when drivers press the ‘GT Mode’ button on the steering wheel. Effectively synthesising the 1.6-litre T-GDI’s fast-revving engine note into the cabin, the sound generator adds a new element to the driving experience and brings the driver closer to the car’s higher level of performance. With GT Mode switched off, the sound generator produces a quiet and moderate engine note.
The high-powered 1.6-litre T-GDI engine found in the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT receives a new turbocharger system. With increased air pressure serving to boost low-end torque and engine response, acceleration from 0-100 kph is improved by 0.1 to 7.6 seconds.
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Drivers will also enjoy greater in-gear acceleration as a result of the new turbocharger. The 1.6-litre T-GDI produces 204 ps and 265 Nm, with CO2 emissions reduced slightly to 170 g/km.
As well as the addition of torque vectoring and NVH improvements to the standard car, Kia engineers have further upgraded the dynamics of the cee’d GT.
New optional enlarged front disc brakes, increased in size from 300 mm to 320 mm, result in higher heat capacity and improved resistance to brake fade. The 100-0 kph stopping distance in the upgraded cee’d GT has been reduced from 36.4 metres to 35.0 metres.