2018 Kia GT snapped ahead of global reveal

The Kia GT - Kia's 270kW twin-turbo fastback - has been caught ahead of its global reveal and ahead of its expected 2018 Australian launch.

2017 Kia GT factory spied

A Korean car blog has leaked images of what appears to be a production-ready version of the wildest four-door yet to wear a Kia badge – the twin-turbo V6-powered Kia GT.

Kia-world.net posted a single image showing an undisguised side profile of the car that’s already taken five years to jump from concept to something resembling what will appear in a new-car showroom. Other Kia GTs can be seen in the background.

2017-Kia -GT-frontThe sprung car shows many of the design elements built into the Kia GT Concept unveiled at Frankfurt in 2011. They extend to the near-vertical nose framed in deep side scoops, a visual element built into the front mudguard, and tail-lights that wrap in a thin strip around the rear haunches.

2017-Kia -GT-side -frontUnlike the concept, though, the Nurburgring-hardened Kia GT appears to get four conventional doors instead of pillarless suicide rear doors. The near-production car also misses out on the heavily styled headlights, and the rear-facing cameras that replaced the side mirrors on the show piece.

2017-Kia -GT-side -drivingThe front-engined, rear-drive GT, codenamed CK, is believed to share its underpinnings with the Genesis G70, the luxury arm of sister brand Hyundai. It is expected to use a 270kW twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 in its more premium version, costing from about $50,000, with an entry-level version starting from about $40,000.

2017-Kia -GT-rear -sideAs Wheels reported exclusively earlier this year, we can expect the Kia GT to arrive here in time for the 2018 Australian Open – Kia is the naming rights sponsor for the international tennis tournament.

 

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