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SEMA 2018: Kia brings DUB K900 and Stinger, Forte GT and drift car to SEMA

By Chris Thompson, 31 Oct 2018 News

Kia DUB K900 Stinger Forte GT drift car SEMA news

Kia doesn’t disappoint with a SEMA lineup well clear of the mundane

Kia has brought several new and modified vehicles to the 2018 SEMA Show, including a few versions of its new Telluride offroader, and even one of the Kia Stinger set to be used by Queensland Police.

But of most interest are the two cars it has had customised by DUB, as well as its new Forte GT and a Red Bull drift car.

Starting with the actual production car, the Kia Forte GT is a 150kW hot liftback/compact sedan powered by a 1.6-litre turbo four, with a manual transmission available.

It’s essentially a ‘fastback’ version of the Kia Ceed GT recently revealed for Europe. Kia even says it’s packing a ‘growling sport-tuned exhaust’, though the local sport exhaust for the Stinger GT was deemed a little lacklustre.

Into the realm of the aftermarket, Kia also revealed a lime green Forte Federation which features aggressive aerodynamic changes such as a larger spoiler, altered diffusers and lips, and even a performance exhaust by Borla.

Aftermarket magazine DUB also had a crack at a couple of Kia’s models, namely the Stinger and the K900. They’re a little more extreme In terms of styling, and performance modifications seem to have taken a back seat.

The Stinger cops a widebody with extreme rear arches, 22-inch Dropstars wheels, and carbon fibre accents to contract the brushed steel finish.

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The K900 is rather blue, with air suspension and huge 24-inch TIS forged wheels. It fits the DUB aesthetic almost perfectly, but we’ll let you decide if you like it or not.

Finally, and perhaps best was left until last, is the Forte drift car built for a Kia marketing campaign, powered by a 280kW version of the Stinger’s twin-turbo V6 engine and laden in Red Bull livery.

The rear-drive drift car features a custom intake manifold, six-speed sequential transmission, quick change rear differential and a hybrid drift/grip suspension.

It’s even got a hydraulic handbrake and a roll cage. We want one.