US-Spec Kia K5 GT Spied In & Out

by Apr 8, 2020All News, GT, Kia, Spy Shots1 comment

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Today we have new pictures of the next-gen Kia K5 GT on its US-spec (what we said that? below you will find a picture of the tachometer in miles) that were caught again in & out with a 4-exhaust pipe configuration and red stitching seats that has “GT” emblem.

What we know so far?

You should remember when Albert Biermann have advanced the following information “For the next Optima GT, you can expect an interesting powertrain and suspension at the next level. It’ll be the next level of Kia driving performance.” So let’s find out all the new details.

The K5 (as you know, will be called that way around the world) is already launched in South Korea with a more aggresive design, latest technology and safety system, as well as eco technologies like the Solar Roof. But today we will talk about the high aspiration GT trim which were spied in South Korea for the first time, wearing 4 exhaust.

If we look what Hyundai did with the Sonata N-Line, we can expect, at least, the completely new Theta3 engine with 2.5-liter displacement Turbo, the new 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with AWD option and delivering 290 hp approximately.

Unfortunately we can’t see much of the new design due to the heavy camouflage that hides a lot of the front end and back end features but we were told the front has a much aggressive design compare to the “normal” K5.

The new Kia K5 on its US-spec will have 2 different engines, all turbo-chargered, and will use 3 different transmissions. A 1.6T will be available with two levels of power while one will have the 8-speed AT and the other will kept the 7-speed Dual Clutch.

We originally expected a debut of the US-spec K5 during NY AutoShow on April but due to Coronavirus outbreak and its reschedulement, we expect that Kia announced between the same date, but through an online presentation.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

1 Comment

  1. Archknight77

    I can never understand why they bother launching basically the same car for KIA and Hyundai without much difference besides design. They claim KIA will be the youth oriented brand, so why aren’t they pushing Hyundai further upmarket like Buick and Acura, while making Genesis the true pinnacle of all 3 brands. Given how quickly they are ready to launch the GT in the US, I won’t be surprised if it’s only fwd like the Sonata N-Line as well as drives almost exactly the same.

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